No More Testing?

By  | 

Vehicle emissions testing in El Paso County soon could end.

The board of the intergovernmental group that monitors air quality in the Pikes Peak region has recommended that the testing end in December 2006.

Experts with the state Health Department's air quality control division say the testing should end in December 2005.

Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission eventually will decide whether to stop the testing that costs El Paso County motorists nine (m) million dollars a year.

Colorado law requires emissions testing to end when no longer needed. Carbon monoxide levels in the region have been about half of the maximum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency for six or seven years.

Total carbon monoxide emissions and ozone concentrations are likely to rise if the testing ends, but state experts believe the increases will be insignificant.