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EPA Official Questions VET Elimination Plans in Northern KY.

Local Ohio newspaper the Cincinnati Post recently reported that EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards division director Lydia Wegman has questioned the Kentucky government's plans to eliminate vehicle emissions testing (VET) in the northern counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton -- areas that have failed to meet federal ozone standards.

According to the paper, Wegman said in order for Kentucky to receive EPA approval for VET elimination, state officials will have to prove that other clean air measures can provide equivalent emissions reductions.

"We are not going to just let them drop the measure, which we feel has some air quality benefits," said Wegman. "They'll have to go out and find some other reductions to substitute if they can."

The paper noted that officials with the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) expressed their optimism in developing a plan, by August 1, detailing how northern Kentucky will meet federal clean air requirements without VET.

"We are confident that if our proposed revisions are based on sound science, EPA will approve them," said EPPC secretary LaJuana Wilcher.

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Title Annotation:Environmental Protection Agency,vehicle emissions testing; Kentucky
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U6KY
Date:Apr 28, 2004
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