By Ian Berry
The Hamilton County Commission will seek a meeting with officials involved in the emissions testing program, Commission Chairman Larry Henry said today.
For at least the fourth time in the past sixth months, commissioners spent several minutes at their meeting today discussing the program and problems they have with it. The discussion was prompted by Commissioner Greg Beck, who drew attention to recent numbers showing the county has lost 20,000 registered vehicles in one year.
Mr. Henry said a question-and-answer session with local and state officials involved in the program would help air out some of the issues. He said the goal isnt to put them on the hot seat, although that could end up happening.
Several commissioners said they had problems with the way the program is implemented and its impact on the poor and elderly.
But commissioner Richard Casavant said that when they talk about rejecting the program, they should also discuss whats at stake.
Officials have said the program was the only way to improve air quality and avoid federal restrictions on new industry in the area.
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