Smog Check

Smog Check

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When federal and state governments battle over environmental regulations, whose approach should prevail? Shortly after passage of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, a controversial U.S. EPA mandate led to an intense conflict between federal regulators and California politicians. The disagreement pitted EPA's required overhaul of auto inspections against California's desire to self-govern its test program - popularly called 'Smog Check.' The conflict nearly upended the Clean Air Act, and triggered dramatic policy shifts throughout the United States. Smog Check presents these struggles in first-hand detail. Eisinger, an EPA official at the time of this conflict, probes deeply into the issues and explores broader questions including: when does it become imperative for agencies to bargain with one another, when should regulatory flexibility and performance-based regulations be favored over command and control approaches, and what should be done when decisions need to be made in the face of scientific disagreement? The book also includes insightful commentary from other EPA participants in the Smog Check controversy. Smog Check's lessons will be relevant to climate change, air pollution control, and numerous other policy challenges.As early as 2004, about 60 to 70 percent of the light-duty fleet already was equipped with OBD. ... THE SHIFT TO OBD A Dodge Neon Story On January 11, 2007, a 1996 Dodge Neon with 92, 704 miles on its odometer ... BARa#39;s HEP software had identified the vehicle as a potential high emitter, and the owner had been instructed to take it to a test-only station. ... found a lack of overlap between OBD and dynamometer tailpipe test results: each test identified different problem vehicles.

Title:Smog Check
Author:Douglas S. Eisinger
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-08-21


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