It came as no surprise to Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon on Tuesday when members of the county council voted five to two against a proposed vehicle emissions testing program that has been mandated by the state of Utah.
Lemon says he shares the concerns of the opponents because it is expensive and surrounding Franklin and Box Elder counties are not required to implement a program.
“I think if we would just reason together that our air is going to clean up over time,” Lemon says. “I think we still need to do efforts to try to clean it up.”
Lemon went on to say that not only was this program not well-received by the members on the council, but by many in the community as well.
“This program was not popular and the citizens really cried out against it.”
The federal government has threatened to withhold transportation money from Cache County if it does not comply with the EPA requirement.
Lemon says county officials plan to discuss the issue with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch when he meets with them next Tuesday, August 21.