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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY TO REDUCE VEHICLE EMISSION CHECK FEE

 OLYMPIA, Wash., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Department of Ecology announced today a 25-percent reduction in the fee motorists pay for pollution inspections at Emission Check stations. The lower fee goes into effect June 1. The fee will be $12, down $4 from the current $16-dollar fee.
 The fee reduction will coincide with two other Emission Check milestones set for June 1: the first phase of the program's expansion and the introduction of new inspection equipment.
 "The company we contract with to operate the Emission Check stations was able to lower its price," explained Ecology Regional Air Quality Supervisor Grant Pfeifer, who announced the lowered charge in Spokane. "Our new contract extends nearly seven years, allowing the contractor to spread costs over a longer period than in the past."
 Systems Control Inc., based in Redmond, builds, maintains and operates the Emission Check stations.
 The program, currently established in the Seattle and Spokane areas, will expand June 1 into new parts of Snohomish and Spokane counties and will be established in Clark County for the first time. In August, South King County and Pierce County will enter the program.
 The program affects 1968 and newer gasoline cars and trucks in Emission Check program areas. In August diesel vehicles will be covered under the program, too. Vehicles must be inspected every other year prior to license renewal.
 The Emission Check program is part of an effort to control carbon monoxide pollution in the Spokane, Vancouver and Puget Sound areas. All three metropolitan areas have been listed by the federal government as having outdoor carbon monoxide levels that violate the national health standard for that pollutant. Federal law requires states to establish inspection programs in and around such areas.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Williams, manager, Air Quality Program, 206-459-6255, or Larry Altose, outreach specialist, 206-649-7192, both of the Washington State Department of Ecology/


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