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Drivers Question Money Spent on Vehicle Emissions Testing in Davidson County - Erika Kurre

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NASHVILLE, TN - A large part of the clean air battle in Nashville is due to vehicle emissions affecting the ozone.

But the annual testing required for drivers is called into question by some who own newer cars and feel their money is being wasted.

Tonight, Fox 17 asked questions about it and the answers lead back to the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Metro Health Department, Nashville's air quality is just barely meeting EPA standards.
   
And cars, even as new as one year, are adding to the problem which could end up costing taxpayers even more.

Sally penny fills up her Honda Element, bought brand new and known to be among the more efficient cars.

According to the Metro Public Health Department, which administers the vehicle inspection program in Davidson County, emissions testing is required for vehicles one year and older.

On average, about 500 of those newer cars fail emissions tests each year, compromising Nashville's clean air status.

The words "non-attainment" seem non-frightening.
   
But Dr. Sanmi Areola says by EPA standards, they could be costly.

According to dr. Areola, Cheatham County is the only one of six counties surrounding Davidson county that doesn't require this testing.

The standard is the same for all, a 9-dollar fee, keeping these counties within the EPA's ozone requirement.

Right now, Davidson County is sitting just under the ozone limit.

Not meeting the standard could also cost the state its federal highway funds.

For some drivers, the 9-dollar fee is a reasonable price for cleaner air.

Of the 9-dollar fee, $5.50 of that goes back to the company metro contracts with for the services.
   
The remaining $3.50 goes back to metro's general fund.