Future of Memphis emissions testing up in the air

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis City Council voted last year to stop funding a vehicle emissions program, but with less than two months left before inspections stop, neither the county nor the state seems willing to take over.

According to the Commercial Appeal, when emissions inspections began some 30 years ago, the city was considered the problem and testing was only required there. But recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said all of Shelby County violates federal ozone pollution standards.

Still, testing has been required only for city residents, costing Memphis some $2.7 million a year. That funding will end after June 30.

County officials say they're not in a position to pick up the cost, and state officials say they are waiting for the local governments to act.


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