- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources is recommending that North Carolina eliminate emissions testing for cars and trucks in more than two-dozen counties by 2016.

Emissions tests are currently required in 48 counties for most cars and light trucks at a cost of $16.40 each.

Department Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart says air quality has improved. He says eliminating the testing could be done without harming air quality or violating federal standards.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is revising ozone standard by late 2015. State officials recommend eliminating testing in between 27 and 31 counties, depending on what the new federal standard is.

Any change would have to be approved by the state Legislature.

Safety inspections would still be required in all 100 counties.

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