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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Unofficial Tailpipe Emissions Poll
Looks like 2 Maineiak's responded at the same time. When did it expand to 2 counties, it used to be only 1?
To my knowledge, the very southernmost county only, the highest population area, they have gas cap testing for the emissions testing program. Basically it's to see if your gas cap leaks, and it qualifies as emissions testing so it satisfies the regulations for such, and allows us access to Federal Highway money.
The rest of the state has nothing. We used to have emissions testing here but it was put to a vote of the people and failed after 2 years. Bascially the state tried to ram it down our throats and we threw it up on them. The people still have some power up here.
One of the main reasons it failed was because brand new cars were being tested, and they'd fail. That on top of blown transmissions, underhanded dealings, and the usual corruption caused their downfall.
Another major reason for the testing was the "elevated" levels of carbon monoxide, reportedly from all the traffic. It is true, but the winds typically blow from west to east so it was theorized we were getting the "fallout" from other states west of us. This was ignored until some people set up a testing station on a remote uninhabited island off the coast. It registered high during the summer and low in the winter, exactly mimicking the land based testing sites, even though there were no autos anywhere near it.
In my estimation emission testing is a crock, a farce, and just another way for people to secure a job that has no real function other than to piss people off. If people are running the less fuel efficient autos and oil burners, it's because they can't afford to run anything else.
Instead of throwing money into these senseless programs, more money should be allocated to Mass transit and the transportation infrastructure. Make it so they're more economical and safer, then people will start utilizing them.
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