LOGAN— Overall, State Representative Ed Redd called his first session in the Utah Legislature “amazing."
On KVNU's Crosstalk show Tuesday, the District 4 Republican said he was pleased that several of his bills passed before the session ended. Members of the Cache County Council, who fought against an EPA-mandated emission control testing program, were grateful for changes Redd got approved, which make the program more flexible.
Redd said technology has been changing and cars are cleaner than they used to be.
“It’s not just because older vehicles are worn out, it’s because newer cars are engineered to be cleaner than they used to be. So, a brand new car built in 2008 for an example is probably 90 percent less polluting than a car built in 1999 or 2000 even,” Redd said. “Those sorts of things are kind of important when you’re trying to design emission inspection programs. Because of the new technology, the old inspection code and state law was not really that helpful.”
He said much more needs to be done to improve air quality and he looks forward to an Air Quality Summit coming up locally on April 25.