Cache County mulls mandatory smog checks

Monday , July 02, 2012 - 10:05 AM

Smog shrouds Ogden, Utah Thursday, December 8, 2011. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)...

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LOGAN — The Cache County Council is pursuing plans for a mandatory vehicle emissions testing program to comply with federal air quality standards.

The Herald Journal of Logan reportsa group comprised of representatives of the county, Bear River Health Department and Utah Division of Air Quality held its first meeting last week to discuss how to implement the program.

In December 2009, Cache and Franklin counties were designated a single "non-attainment" area by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating a federal air quality standard related to particulate-matter pollution.

County Councilman Craig Petersen says without implementing emissions testing, the county runs the risk of losing federal transportation funds and having the EPA impose air quality improvement measures.

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