Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher signs emergency regulation ending vehicle emissions test

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Program ends in Northern Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Vehicle emissions testing (VET) in three northern Kentucky counties can officially cease after Governor Ernie Fletcher today signed an emergency regulation to end the program. Governor Fletcher signed the regulation at a testing center in Boone County. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month approved Kentucky’s request to end vehicle emissions testing in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. The last day for testing will be Nov. 2. 

“Improved air quality in the last few years and our ability to use other options to reduce emissions in the area signaled the end to vehicle testing,” Governor Fletcher said. “I want to commend the members of the General Assembly in this area who supported the joint resolution in 2004 to end the program.” 

The 2004 General Assembly, through passage of Senate Joint Resolution 3, directed the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) to end VET and submit a revised air-quality State Implementation Plan to EPA. EPPC’s plan requires auto body repair shops to switch to high-efficiency paint sprayers and to require the use of solvents with low vapor pressure for cleaning grease from industrial metal parts. 

Both of these requirements reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to the formation of ozone. 

“This has been a long-awaited result,” said Sen. Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park). “I have long been convinced that environmental quality can be achieved without this excessively burdensome program.  I am glad to see that the EPA agreed.” 

Vehicle testing was part of Kentucky’s formal plan for reducing emissions of air pollutants that contribute to ozone formation. EPA required Kentucky to adopt other measures to reduce emissions to compensate for ending the program. 

The federally mandated vehicle testing program began in 1999. Since that time, approximately 600,000 tests on 200,000 vehicles have been administered in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. The program was operated by a contractor, Envirotest Inc.