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Re: “Ada Eyes Canyon Emissions Tests

As I recall, back in 1999 or so, Texas got rid of vehicle emissions testing (VET) and set up a fund to buy out the tester's business and equipment; kind of like a severance deal.
I understand the angst of the Ada County testers. They have a bundle tied up in their equipment. It was not given to them free-of-charge. Testing is how they earn their living. It sure does not sound like a $2-$4 per test every other year will support any testers by just testing fees unless they get some of the repair business from other tester's clients as is required in Canyon County.
In 1999, Minnesota got rid of VET that covered seven counties and 2,730,000 or so people. The "democrats" supported the VET repeal and called it an unfair tax against people who were poor or living on a fixed income or drove low annual mileages and recognized vehicles were becoming less and less of a factor in the local air quality.
The truth is VET is not needed in the Treasure Valley at all. DEQ tells everyone that testing Canyon County vehicles will save 114 ton NOx and 138 tons VOC a year. How big a deal is that? With a total of 27,762 tons NOx and 36,952 tons VOC in the Treasure Valley, do you think a reduction 0.41% NOx and 0.37% VOC will make any difference in whether ozone is formed or not? Not one whit! Cost to Canyon County citizens: $660,000 per year. Economic loss at a economic ripple effect of 2:1 - 3:1 will be $1.3 - $2 million loss to the economy in Canyon County.
COMPASS just filed a Regional Transportation Program (TIP) in December 2009 and had to prove to the EPA that since 1999, Ada County NOx and VOC had been reduced by 50% and 40%. Do you really think that VET reduced vehicle emissions that much? Of course not. New cars did it By the way, Ada County population increased by 80,000 and the Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) increased by 1,700,000 miles PER DAY.
Over the next five years to 2015, if population increases the projected 50,000 and VMT increases 1,400,000 miles PER DAY in Ada County, vehicle NOx and VOC are projected to DECREASE by another 1,228 tons and 1,253 tons per year. As a percentage of the total Treasure Valley NOx and VOC, these decreases represent reductions from 14.7% and 5.9% down to 11% and 4.8%.
Canyon County NOx and VOC will decrease by 518 tons and 159 tons and the percentages will decrease from 5.8% and 2.4% down to 4.3% and 1.9%.
Vehicle emissions are not one of the two top emission sources of NOx and VOC and never will be as projected to 2020 and 2030.
Do you get it? Our air is getting cleaner and VET has nothing to do with it.
Here is a nasty little secret for all haters of 2C vehicles that you see in Ada County: 2C vehicles account for only 7.43% VMT in Ada County. With DEQ projected 8% VET failure rate, only 0.6% of the VMT in Ada County are by vehicles that would fail VET. The amount of pollution from these vehicles can't be measured on any monitor.
The peer reviewed science to support this data? The Northern Ada County PM10 State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Federal Highway Administration data, and Mobile 5 modeling data.
The truth: VET has not been needed in the Treasure Valley since 2002. The CO2 SIP Maintenance plan used 1995/1996 data when 1999 vehicle emission data was well known and used in the PM10 SIP. Ada County citizens were had, royally.
DEQ knew that vehicle NOx and VOC had reduced the 50% and 40% in November 2009, but DEQ quoted old 1999 (really 1995) data to justify implementing VET in Canyon County the DEQ's Press Conference in Nampa a month ago.
A scary truth: Condition (1) (b) is NOT MET in the law that gives DEQ's Director totally unrestrained power to implement VET anywhere in Idaho DEQ wants to regardless of what causes high reading of any pollutant, whether vehicles are a cause or not.
There is so much more to this story. It does require a person to make a paradigm change in thinking to understand all of the information provided to the public since 2002 by politicians, newspapers, DEQ and early on by COMPASS was a snow job supreme.




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Posted by big al on 03/26/2010 at 11:31 PM

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