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EPD PROPOSES EXPANSION OF VEHICLE EMISSION INSPECTION PROGRAM

 ATLANTA, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources proposed major changes to the motor vehicle emission testing program in the Atlanta area to help meet state and federal air quality standards for ozone.
 The 1990 amendments to the federal Clean Air Act require areas which are not meeting air quality standards for ozone, such as metro Atlanta, to adopt an enhanced vehicle emission control program. In announcing the enhanced program, EPD Director Harold Reheis said: "The enhanced vehicle emission control program is the most important component of the state's plan for meeting the ozone air quality standards. A majority of the pollutants which form ozone (hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides) are emitted by motor vehicles."
 According to Reheis, this program will produce the largest reductions in ozone-forming pollutants of all the control programs proposed by the state. The enhanced vehicle emission control program will provide 45 of the 124 tons per day of hydrocarbon emission reductions needed to meet the federal Clean Air Act's 1996 milestone.
 The enhanced program is proposed to begin operation on May 1, 1995. Among the major changes proposed are:
 -- The program will cover 13 counties, rather than four
 -- Stricter new test procedures will be required
 -- A network of permanent, high-volume stations will be used
 -- Testing will be every two years and will cover 1977 and later
 model gasoline-powered cars and light trucks.
 Georgia currently operates a vehicle emission control program in four counties (Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett). The program, which began operation in 1981, requires all gasoline-powered cars and light duty trucks which are no more than 12 years old to receive an annual tailpipe emission test. Testing is performed by approximately 800 independent stations which are licensed by the state.
 Highlights of the changes that are proposed to occur in the enhanced program are:
 -- The program boundaries will be expanded to cover the entire 13- county ozone nonattainment area. Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties will be added to the existing four.
 -- Test procedures will be upgraded, including the use of a dynamometer, which is a treadmill-like device allowing a vehicle to be tested under conditions which represent actual driving. This allows a much better check of the actual emissions than does the current idle test.
 -- A contractor will build and operate a network of high-volume inspection stations. Because of the higher cost of the equipment needed to perform these new tests, and because the federal Clean Air Act requires centralized control of the program, the temporary test stations will be phased out.
 -- Testing will be required every other year, rather than annually. In order to implement biennial testing, as well as to spread the test volume equally throughout the year, each vehicle will be assigned a month when its test is due. Tests must be performed during the assigned month or in the two months preceding.
 -- The test fee will be increased. The fee has not yet been established, but will be based on the contractor's operating costs and the cost of program oversight by the EPD. State law limits the fee to a maximum of $25. Reheis noted that the higher fee will be offset by the fact that inspections will be needed only every other year.
 "EPD has tried diligently to come up with a program that will meet the federal requirements and meet our ozone standards," said Reheis. "We could not do it without including the entire 13 counties in the vehicle emission control program. Motor vehicles are the biggest part of the air quality problem, and they must become a big part of the solution."
 The Board of Natural Resources will consider adopting the proposed vehicle emission changes as well as other regulations to control ozone forming pollutants, at its board meeting on Oct. 27. Public comments are welcomed on the proposed regulations until Oct. 20. For further information, call Tom Teston at 404-363-7024.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Teston, 404-363-7024, or David Word, 404-656-4713, both of the Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources/


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