PennDOT, DEP Announce Members of Emissions Inspection Policy Review Group

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Transportation
 (PennDOT) Secretary Bradley L. Mallory and Department of Environmental
 Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess today announced the members of
 the Emissions Inspection Policy Review Group.
     "This group will explore new technologies and find solutions that can
 benefit Pennsylvania's air quality through a `common-sense' vehicle
 emissions-testing program," Secretary Mallory said.  "We expect to have the
 group's report by fall and will use the recommendations to make any necessary
 changes to our program."
     The Policy Review Group, led by PennDOT and DEP, includes
 members from motorist, environmental and business groups, as well as the U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and service-station representatives.
 Members of the group are:
 
    -- Peter Bauer, Pennsylvania Automotive Association;
    -- Michael Kerker, Environmental Specialist, Armstrong World Industries;
    -- John Kulik, representing various automotive service associations;
    -- Ted Leonard, Executive Director, Pennsylvania AAA Federation;
    -- Marcia Spink, Associate Director for Air Quality Programs, EPA Region
        3; and
    -- Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health,
        American Lung Association of Pennsylvania.
 
     "We believe the people who have agreed to serve in this policy review
 group will provide a balanced variety of ideas and opinions about our existing
 vehicle emissions-testing program, the proposed expansion of the program, and
 potential impacts on consumers, public health and the environment," Hess said.
     "Reviewing the planned vehicle emissions-inspection program in light of
 emerging technology is a change in direction -- not intention -- in addressing
 clean-air issues."
     PennDOT and DEP postponed the 2001 implementation of the
 emissions-inspection program into eight additional counties to re-examine how
 emerging technology, new federal regulations for on-board diagnostic systems
 and new information about the turnover of Pennsylvania's vehicle fleet might
 affect the planned expansion of the program.  The Emissions Inspection Policy
 Review Group will consider these issues and will examine the effectiveness of
 the existing program and its continued impact on air-quality improvements.
     "Changes to our approach for the emissions-testing program can have a
 positive impact on motorists while still meeting clean-air goals," Secretary
 Mallory said.  "Emerging technology may allow for an easier, faster and more
 cost-effective emissions test for the customer and the service provider."
     Under Gov. Tom Ridge's leadership, the Commonwealth has been and remains
 committed to taking a customized approach to the vehicle emissions-inspection
 program to address the particular air-quality issues for each region and the
 Pennsylvanians who live there.  This "common-sense" approach is the way
 Pennsylvania has ensured and will continue to ensure citizens have clean air.
     "Confronted with new circumstances such as emerging technology and rapid
 vehicle fleet changes, the only responsible course of action is to be equally
 careful and deliberate in charting our new direction for the program," Hess
 said.  "The Policy Review Group will help us do just that."
     Decentralized vehicle-emissions testing remains in effect and unchanged
 for motorists in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery,
 Philadelphia, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
     For more information, visit Pennsylvania's vehicle emissions-testing
 program website through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at
 www.drivecleanpa.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Rich Kirkpatrick of PennDOT, 717-787-0485; or Christina Novak of
 PA DEP, 717-787-1323.
 
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Transportation
 (PennDOT) Secretary Bradley L. Mallory and Department of Environmental
 Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess today announced the members of
 the Emissions Inspection Policy Review Group.
     "This group will explore new technologies and find solutions that can
 benefit Pennsylvania's air quality through a `common-sense' vehicle
 emissions-testing program," Secretary Mallory said.  "We expect to have the
 group's report by fall and will use the recommendations to make any necessary
 changes to our program."
     The Policy Review Group, led by PennDOT and DEP, includes
 members from motorist, environmental and business groups, as well as the U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and service-station representatives.
 Members of the group are:
 
    -- Peter Bauer, Pennsylvania Automotive Association;
    -- Michael Kerker, Environmental Specialist, Armstrong World Industries;
    -- John Kulik, representing various automotive service associations;
    -- Ted Leonard, Executive Director, Pennsylvania AAA Federation;
    -- Marcia Spink, Associate Director for Air Quality Programs, EPA Region
        3; and
    -- Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental and Occupational Health,
        American Lung Association of Pennsylvania.
 
     "We believe the people who have agreed to serve in this policy review
 group will provide a balanced variety of ideas and opinions about our existing
 vehicle emissions-testing program, the proposed expansion of the program, and
 potential impacts on consumers, public health and the environment," Hess said.
     "Reviewing the planned vehicle emissions-inspection program in light of
 emerging technology is a change in direction -- not intention -- in addressing
 clean-air issues."
     PennDOT and DEP postponed the 2001 implementation of the
 emissions-inspection program into eight additional counties to re-examine how
 emerging technology, new federal regulations for on-board diagnostic systems
 and new information about the turnover of Pennsylvania's vehicle fleet might
 affect the planned expansion of the program.  The Emissions Inspection Policy
 Review Group will consider these issues and will examine the effectiveness of
 the existing program and its continued impact on air-quality improvements.
     "Changes to our approach for the emissions-testing program can have a
 positive impact on motorists while still meeting clean-air goals," Secretary
 Mallory said.  "Emerging technology may allow for an easier, faster and more
 cost-effective emissions test for the customer and the service provider."
     Under Gov. Tom Ridge's leadership, the Commonwealth has been and remains
 committed to taking a customized approach to the vehicle emissions-inspection
 program to address the particular air-quality issues for each region and the
 Pennsylvanians who live there.  This "common-sense" approach is the way
 Pennsylvania has ensured and will continue to ensure citizens have clean air.
     "Confronted with new circumstances such as emerging technology and rapid
 vehicle fleet changes, the only responsible course of action is to be equally
 careful and deliberate in charting our new direction for the program," Hess
 said.  "The Policy Review Group will help us do just that."
     Decentralized vehicle-emissions testing remains in effect and unchanged
 for motorists in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery,
 Philadelphia, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
     For more information, visit Pennsylvania's vehicle emissions-testing
 program website through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at
 www.drivecleanpa.state.pa.us.
 
     CONTACT:  Rich Kirkpatrick of PennDOT, 717-787-0485; or Christina Novak of
 PA DEP, 717-787-1323.
 
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