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emissions February 02, 2018

Car Emissions in Springfield, VA and the Clean Air Act

Car emissions in Springfield, VA and throughout Northern Virginia remain at very high levels.  Harmful concentrations of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides continue to plaque the health of our air quality. The urgency to reduce pollution from car emissions in Springfield, VA propelled the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to team up to solve the problem.

At risk of losing billions of future federal transportation dollars, the DEQ contracted with Environmental Systems Products to employ their AccuScan® Remote Sensing device to reduce ozone and pollution levels. This on-road emissions testing technology, using remote sensors to identify and measure emissions output as vehicles pass, is helping the region  come into compliance with the 1990 Clean Air Act.

The Clean Air Act contains a mandate for state governments to create alternative emissions inspection programs in areas with chronic car emissions issues, Springfield and Northern Virginia included.  But, what does that mean for you?

Well, that depends. If you pass through a remote sensing station your vehicle will be flagged as either a  “gross polluter,” a “clean screen,” or somewhere in the gray area  between. Owners will then receive a notice in the mail. If you are deemed a clean screen, you could receive a waiver for your next emissions inspection. If you are denoted as a gross polluter you are required to have your vehicle inspected for car emissions in Springfield, VA and repair any detected mechanical defects in order for your vehicle to meet DEQ and DMV legal requirements.

For assistance with car emissions in Springfield, VA contact the auto service experts at Wiygul Automotive Clinic. The certified emissions inspection technicians at Wiygul Automotive Clinic can help you understand emissions requirements and the inspection process, handle your car emissions test and perform any repairs your vehicle may require.

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