Bill would exempt area from emissions tests

Blair, Cambria would be part of exemption

From Mirror staff reports

HARRISBURG — Blair and Cambria county motor­ists are a step closer to being exempted from annual auto emissions testing.

The state Senate voted 27-23 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 744, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., D-Cambria, that removes Blair, Cambria, Lacka­wanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and Westmoreland counties from required annual emissions testing.

SB 744 is among a package of bills changing requirements on emissions testing for gasoline-powered automobiles.

The package of bills also will:

Exempt vehicles newer than eight years from emissions testing.

Change the annual emissions testing to a two-year testing requirement.

Extend the date for emissions inspection stations to obtain new emissions testing equipment from Nov. 1, 2019, to July 1, 2021.

“From Senate Resolution 168 to public hearings, to meetings with stakeholders, we have advocated for the removal of emissions testing in counties that have improved their air quality and meet national standards,” Langerholc said in a statement. “We have listened to our constituents. I now call on my House colleagues to do the same and pass this package of bills quickly. We must continue to fight for the people of western Pennsylvania who have been saddled with this onerous requirement for far too long.”