State threatening Cache County over emissions

The Cache County Council, at its last meeting, voted five to two against enacting an emissions testing program in the county and County Executive Lynn Lemon says he supports that decision 100 percent.

“After I found out that Franklin County didn’t have to do it, and Box Elder County didn’t have to do emissions testing,” Lemon says, “and I found out that we weren’t testing diesels, and then to find out the effects of emissions testing is going to reduce emissions by less than 5% and VOCs (volatile organic compound

s) by less than 6%, it was very hard for me to justify a $1.5 million to $2 million cost to do that.”

Unfortunately, Lemon says the decision did not go over well with state officials. He says they have referred to such possible threats as withholding funding and refusing to register local vehicles.

Lemon says representatives of Utah’s Air Quality Division will meet with the council at its September 11 council meeting.

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