The steering committee for a 2017 lawsuit settlement from car manufacturer Volkswagen recently awarded Santa Fe Public Schools about $1.1 million in its third round of funding distribution.

New Mexico was awarded $18 million in the settlement, which alleged the company produced cars with faulty devices that resulted in undetected pollution from nitrogen oxides.

Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez said the funds the school district receives will be used to purchase electric-powered buses that will reduce tailpipe pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs.

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