- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More than half of the North Carolina counties conducting vehicle emissions tests will no longer have to do so under a law moving through the General Assembly.

The N.C. House on Tuesday passed a bill cutting 28 mostly rural counties from the list of 48 in the state which require vehicle emissions test. Those counties perform tests under part of North Carolina’s implementation plan under the Clean Air Act.

Supporters of the bill said improvements to technology that cleans and reduces the exhaust in newer cars made the law obsolete. Opponents said compliance with the Clean Air Act has gone a long way toward reducing air pollution.

After passing the House by a 72-35 vote, the bill moves on to the Senate.

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