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Ask The Times: Air quality determines whether counties have emissions testing
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Why doesn’t Hall County have vehicle emissions testing?

Doug Hooper, who works for the Georgia Department of Revenue, said it is the result of federal Environmental Protection Agency testing of air quality.

Areas that don’t have good air quality are called “non-attainment areas,” and Hall County does not fall into one of those areas, which are required to have vehicle emissions testing.

“Over the many years, the rumor is Hall and several other counties will be brought into the test areas, but nothing to my knowledge has been discussed lately,” Hooper said. “If and when it does, it will probably take a year or so to implement.”


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