Over 300 vehicles tested in first week of emissions program

FILE PHOTO: David Etheridge II, a vehicle inspector at DEQ, is shown during a tailpipe emission Thursday, June 22, 2006, in Hillsboro, Ore.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)  

Cache County’s new emission testing program started a week ago, on January 1, and by 11 a.m. Tuesday 334 tests had been performed. According to John Greer of the Bear River Health Department, who is in charge of the program, kinks are still being worked out.

Greer appeared before the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday to provide an update on the newly-implemented program. When asked about how many vehicles failed to pass, he estimated perhaps 20 percent.

“That includes vehicles that were considered not ready to be tested for emissions tests,” Greer explained. “That doesn’t mean that they necessarily failed. So the newer vehicles, the actual vehicle has to run through its tests before the actual emissions test can be performed. So those numbers would include that.”

The federal government mandated emissions testing in Cache County in an effort to reduce air pollution. Greer said if it helps and how much it helps remains to be seen.

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