Clean Air Bill

A Texas state Senator wants to juice up two state programs so Texas can meet clean air standards set the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senator Kip Averitt of Waco says an emissions program and a program to help low income Texans maintain and replace older vehicles both have a surplus of money that hasn't been used. He's filed Senate Bill 12 to use new appropriations and the surplus funds to meet EPA clean air deadlines.

"Those deadlines are looming, we have money in the bank, and there's no reason we shouldn't make an aggressive effort as we approach those deadlines to do everything we can to reduce our emissions in this state."

Averitt says he wants to update emissions testing equipment and expand the area in which lower truck emissions are required. He also wants to do a better job of promoting the low income vehicle program and increase credits for buying lower emission vehicles.

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