EPA Removes 26 North Carolina Counties from Vehicle Emissions Testing Requirements

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Washington, July 19, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

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EPA Removes 26 North Carolina Counties from Vehicle Emissions Testing Requirements

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially signed off on a proposed action from the North Carolina General Assembly to eliminate the requirement for vehicle emissions testing for 26 North Carolina counties. The list of counties includes five counties from Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) Congressional district, NC-11.

In 2016, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recommended a list of North Carolina counties for removal from mandated vehicle emissions testing. The General Assembly addressed the report by passing Senate Bill 131 in 2017, which required the EPA exempt the counties in the bill from emissions inspections requirements.

Rep. Meadows worked extensively with the NC General Assembly and the EPA to ensure the full implementation of the exemption. After several months of work, led by NC House Speaker Tim Moore and State Rep. Michele Presnell, the proposal has finally been implemented.

“Our environment is in the best hands when we allow the free market and the private sector to take the lead, with limited government oversight and involvement,” Rep. Meadows said. “Vehicle emissions testing is a minimally effective policy with a high price tab for the taxpayers. This was a badly needed reform and I’m thrilled to see five of my district’s counties on the list of those who will see the benefits of the exemption. I want to thank Speaker Moore and State Rep. Presnell for their outstanding work and leadership on this issue, and the Trump administration for their willing assistance in seeing the policy through.”

“As recommended by the state Dept. of Environmental Quality, I worked for quite a while to pass a law through the General Assembly to end the useless bureaucratic exercise of emissions inspections in Haywood County,” Rep. Michele D. Presnell (R – Yancey) said. “The people of Haywood County lose more than $1 million every year to emissions inspection fees alone, which does not include any required repairs. I would like to thank Congressman Meadows for working with the EPA to follow through on the state law that delivered this much-needed reform.”

“I want to thank Congressman Meadows for his support in working with the EPA to see this initiative through,” said NC House Speaker Tim Moore. “This is a critical reform that will relieve a serious financial burden for thousands of North Carolinians in the future.”

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