Lemon: emissions enforcement will be sensitive to citizens

Cache County plans to have a vehicle emissions testing program ready for implementation by the end of the year even though Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says he has letters from people who don’t think the county should have to do it.

Lemon says Cache County does plan to meet the Environmental Protection Agency directive but he says the committee will be sensitive to the concerns of the citizens. For example, he says there will be a sunset provision so the program will end once compliance is made.

“We’re also going to put in a provision there that if people’s cars do not pass, they may have to spend $150 or $200 on repairs and then that’s what they need to do this year,” Lemon explains. “Then the next year they’d need to put another $150 or $200 to repair it until they can get it into compliance, rather than just saying you don’t pass, you can’t drive.”

Lemon says the committee will give the council an update in August.

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