Hamilton County commissioners vote to continue testing auto emissions

Hamilton County commissioners vote to continue testing auto emissions

May 15th, 2013 by Louie Brogdon in Local - Breaking News

Midas worker Blake Leveille looks up at the bottom of a car that failed the emissions test in this file photo.

Photo by Dan McLaughlin

With some opposition, Hamilton County commissioners today voted 7-2 to renew a contract with the state of Tennessee to continue testing emissions in the county.

Commissioners Greg Beck and Warren Mackey were the two "no" votes, both saying the emissions testing process was a burden on poor residents.

Commissioner Joe Graham said he didn't like the hardship on underprivileged residents either, but if Hamilton County lost its air quality compliance it would be "devastating to our economic growth."