Tennessee bill doing away with vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton County clears first hurdle
The counties would have to come up with emissions reductions in other areas equal to credits EPA gave them back in 2005 for implementing emissions testing, officials have said.
A bill that would end vehicle emissions testing in Hamilton and five other Tennessee counties easily cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.
Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, told Senate Transportation Committee members the program is no longer needed because all six counties are now in compliance with federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements for clean air.
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