An emission testing program will be back on the agenda for the Cache County Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. It looks like another option will not be acceptable to the Environmental Protection Agency and County Executive Lynn Lemon says the Utah Division of Air Quality has included an emission program in the county’s implementation plan for dealing with air pollution.
Lemon says since it appears to be mandatory the county hopes to design its own program.
“We thought that it would be much better for the county to have input into that than just to let the EPA decide what they want to do,” Lemon says. “I don’t think it will be possible for everybody but it will be easier for people to take if we at least try to have some input into it rather than just having the EPA say, ‘this is what you’ll do and these are the parameters that you’ll use.'”
The local plan will probably be much like the one considered by the county earlier. Lemon says, however, the council members hope to exempt cars up to six years old from testing instead of four.