Lawmakers want look at emissions testing program

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Some lawmakers say Pennsylvania’s vehicle emissions testing program may need a tuneup.

State Sens. Elder Vogel, Wayne Langerholc, and Michele Brooks are calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to study the potential impact of removing certain counties from the program.

Only 25 of the state’s 67 counties require drivers to get an emissions test each year, and those vehicle owners shell out an average of $40 for it.

The counties on the list have a population of over 100,000. Midstate counties on the list include Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York.

Lawmakers say most cars pass the test each year and the failure rate is below three percent. They say new cars offer better emissions control.

The Clean Air Council of Pennsylvania says the tests are important because cars remain a major contributor to air pollution.

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