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CAL/EPA CHIEF COMMENTS ON NEW FEDERAL EMISSIONS TESTING PLAN

 CAL/EPA CHIEF COMMENTS ON NEW FEDERAL EMISSIONS TESTING PLAN
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- California Secretary for Environmental Protection James M. Strock released the following statement concerning today's U.S. EPA ruling on emissions testing for cars and trucks:
 "The Smog Check program, which inspects California cars once every two years and requires the worst polluters to be repaired, has been one of the state's most effective anti-smog programs, reducing more emissions than all but a few of the programs administered by Cal/EPA's Air Resources Board.
 "Since it was inaugurated in the late 1970s, it has been among the best vehicle inspection programs in the country. Now, as cars become more 'high-tech,' we need to make certain that we maintain our leadership role.
 "As we look ahead to the modifications which would be required to meet the new federal standard, we must make full use of the investment and experience of the many small businesses which have taken part in Smog Check. The vast infrastructure of businesses developed over the years to support this most important clean air effort will continue to be the linchpin of the California Smog Check program.
 "State agencies are currently studying different kinds of tests that use different types of equipment, to determine which will meet California's air pollution needs and also make use of our existing program to the greatest possible extent. We will also work closely with the Bureau of Automotive Repair and with the repair industry to make certain that theoretical blueprints can lead to real-time environmental and economic improvement.
 "We are confident that California will construct a program over the next two years to meet or exceed EPA's requirements. Smog Check will give motorists their money's worth and will give everyone cleaner air."
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 /CONTACT: Chris Peck of CAL/EPA, 916-324-9670/ CO: California Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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