Buttars explains council’s position on emissions testing

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Cache County Council Chairman Craig Buttars is hoping the Utah Air Quality Board and the EPA will accept the council’s plan to reduce air pollution through a so-called sticker program where drivers without a sticker on red or yellow air days would be warned first and then fined for subsequent violations.

On KVNUs Crosstalk show Tuesday, several people called to ask why the county doesn’t stand firm against a forced plan. Buttars said that could mean a real impact by way of money the county gets from the federal government.

“If we do not make a recommendation to the state, if the EPA does not accept the state’s recommendation, then we’re non-compliant, and we would be in jeopardy of losing that funding,” Buttars said. “The thing about it is, if one county, if Cache County does not have an emissions testing program that is acceptable to the EPA and the SIP (State Implementation Plan) is not acceptable than the whole state can be in jeopardy of losing transportation funding.”

Buttars said it would not just mean losing federal money, but also local tax money.

<em>Photo by Carl R. Wilson</em>

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