Lee County residents may soon no longer be required to get an emissions test on their vehicle when renewing their registration, thanks efforts from the state and federal governments.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan revision submitted by North Carolina to remove Lee, Onslow and Rockingham counties from the state’s motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program. Most other counties in the state already don’t require emissions tests.
The revision was published Friday by the Office of the Federal Register and is available for public comment for the next 30 days. The public comment period will end July 22.
The EPA will then publish its final approval in the Federal Register, addressing any public comments received, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality secretary will submit a certification letter of the SIP approval by the EPA to the Revisor of Statutes.
Once these steps are completed, the state Division of Motor Vehicles must implement the program changes on the first day of a month that is 60 days after the DEQ Secretary certifies to the Revisor of Statutes that the EPA has approved the amendment to the SIP.
DEQ estimates for this action to become effective November 1.
To view the proposed rulemaking and for instructions to provide comments and ask questions, visit www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/22/2022-13163/air-plan-approval-nc-inspection-and-maintenance-program.
They should have already done it every county around Lee is already excepted for 2 years or more!
Take emissions away like said before every county around lee has already taken away 2 yrs ago
I would like to know if the state is going to reimburse stations for the required mandated Equitment required to perform an emission test we had to purchase that will be useless now. State inspections are already a lost leader take away the emission part of it I spec y’all are going to have a hard time finding a local NC inspection station. I get some safety inspections from Chatham County they tell me no one they know are doing it now. It would be interesting to know how its working out in Chatham other than hearsay.
I vote inspections be performed by the state make it a state ran operation (we all know how well that would work out) If the state ran the operation, I would wager a safety inspection would run $300.00
If Y’all want to be real happy push for the elimination of an inspection all together. They have never worked and never will it’s a cash cow for the government that does absolutely nothing for the cash.
This was done 2 years ago. Was only waiting on epa signoff.. but thanks to the Rona it missed the deadline twice already. Will celebrate if it actually happens. Local inspection shop myslef
I’m glad because I am truly tried of getting ticketed because my tags are out because it won’t pass inspection if they check engine light is on in the car. I want to get my tags strightened out but since I live in Lee county if makes it impossible to do the way it should be done because of that. Yes emissions control is important to everyone’s health but now days all cars come with the emissions already in them.
Doors the rant know what is going to be built in Northview from that traffic circle all the way up Perkinson rd, it’s beside the circle k they are turning into s truckstop. Tge one I’m asking an out is where the ice machine is on Hawkins near Kellys Mobile. My parents live on Perkinson and I also gave a house there. They are tearing down every house on that block inn6 months we are starting renovations and just got a nee pool put in, ours was 43 years old.