Friday, August 26, 2011

Air Time: In case you missed it ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Last week’s announcement that Ecology is revamping the state’s vehicle emissions testing program drew a lot of attention and even some praise.

Vehicles in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Spokane counties undergo emission tests to reduce air pollution in the state’s most populated areas. You can check online to see if emissions testing areas include your zip code.

The new rule, which takes effect in July 2012, includes changes required by the Legislature. All 2009 and newer model year vehicles will not require testing and additional businesses may be authorized to conduct tests. The rule also eliminates some testing that is becoming less relevant.

Newer vehicles are exempted because they already are producing less pollution. Washington has adopted "clean car" standards that require better emission controls on vehicles sold and registered in Washington.

Currently, vehicle emissions testing is scheduled to end in 2020.

In case you missed it, here are a couple examples of the media coverage – an article in the Seattle Times and a report from KIRO-TV in Seattle.

The changes also drew positive editorials from the Seattle Times and The Columbian in Vancouver.

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