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MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY UNDER WAY IN MICHIGAN

 MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY UNDER WAY IN MICHIGAN
 DETROIT, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 45,000 motorists will


have their vehicles tested for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions by remote-sensing laser devices at roadside locations in southeastern Michigan during the next two weeks as part of a joint research study conducted by the Big Three auto makers, the EPA and the state of Michigan.
 "This study is an excellent example of a new spirit of cooperation that is developing between private industry and our state and federal governments," said Wayne France, chairman of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research's (USCAR) Environmental Research Consortium (ERC) and head of the General Motors Environmental Science Department. "We hope it brings us closer to our long-term goal of removing the automobile from the nation's pollution equation."
 Some drivers of late-model cars will be stopped by the Michigan State Police and asked to volunteer their vehicles for brief tailpipe- emissions checks by officials from the Michigan Department of State's Bureau of Automotive Regulations or more extensive EPA testing on mobile chassis dynamometers.
 Under the auspices of the ERC, researchers from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors also will attempt to identify 60 late-model high-emitting vehicles for more extensive study. Free repairs will be performed on the vehicles and the research team will measure the impact on emissions.
 The program is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of remote vehicle-emissions sensing devices, measure a representative sampling of vehicles in southeastern Michigan for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions and study the impact of routine vehicle maintenance on exhaust emissions. The Michigan study is the first major joint research project of its kind undertaken by the nation's three domestic auto makers, the EPA and a state government.
 "We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this study because we know that roadside testing will be required in most states under the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act amendments," Michigan Secretary of State Richard H. Austin said. "This new technology holds the promise and potential of making roadside testing possible and also making emissions testing more convenient and less expensive for motorists."
 Dr. France said the ERC expects a final report on study results by March of next year. The research is expected to help the auto makers and participating agencies more specifically identify the real-world source of vehicle emissions and evaluate the effectiveness of late-model emission control systems. In addition, the more extensive testing of late-model high-emitting vehicles will help researchers evaluate component performance and the effectiveness of routine vehicle maintenance schedules.
 USCAR's Auto/Oil Quality Improvement Research consortium, which includes representatives from the petroleum industry, also will share in the test results and contribute funding for the project. Auto/Oil and the ERC are two of nine joint research initiatives organized under the banner of USCAR. Formed in March of 1991, the ERC's mission is to advance the understanding of both stationary and vehicular emissions as a major step toward improving the environment. The Auto/Oil consortium was established in 1989 to develop data on potential improvements in vehicle emissions and air quality -- primarily ozone -- from reformulated gasoline, various alternative fuels and developments in automotive technology.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Weis of USCAR, 313-248-4298; Elizabeth Boyd of the Michigan Department of State, 517-373-2520; Debbie Janes of the EPA, 919-541-4577; or Mary Roznowski of General Motors, 313-986-5717/ CO: U.S. Council for Automotive Research ST: Michigan IN: AUT OIL SU:


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