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City emissions testing soon no more?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The governor says it's not the state's job.

Governor Haslam has decided that the state will not take over auto inspections in Memphis. City funding for the emissions testing runs out Friday, June 30. Haslam said tonight, the state also will not provide any funding for the program and his decision could eventually cost Memphis and Shelby County millions of dollars.

City council members cut the funding for auto inspections last year, claiming that it's not fair that Memphis residents pay, while people outside of the city do not. This left the emissions testing responsibility to either the county or the state to take over.

After July 1st, Mayor Wharton said the state will notify the EPA that Memphis has ended the program. That will put the state out of compliance with federal air quality standards and this means the EPA will more than likely give the state eighteen months to come into compliance with the federal standards.

Wharton wrote in a letter to council members that he will be talking to Mayor Luttrell about the next steps that the local air pollution control office may take.

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