Effort to end emissions tests passes Senate
Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:00 pm, Tue May 2, 2017.
Motor vehicle emissions inspections are no longer required in Wilkes, Caldwell, Surry, Stokes and 21 other mostly rural counties under legislation approved by the Senate last week.
The Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-17, already approved by the House, was sent to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature on Friday. The bill amends several state laws related to regulation of businesses and agriculture and energy, environmental and natural resources issues.
It wasn’t clear Monday if Cooper had signed the bill into law.
The bill directs the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to prepare and submit a proposed N.C. State Implementation Plan amendment with changes in the motor vehicle emissions testing program.
The legislation calls for emissions testing to no longer be required in these counties 60 days after approval from the EPA or Oct. 1, 2017, whichever is later.
Auto emissions testing already isn’t required in about half of the state’s 100 counties.
Some environmental advocates have said coal-burning power plants are much more of a cause of air pollutants than vehicle emissions.
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