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BernCo Diesel Testing Ends

BernCo Diesel Testing Ends

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County officials voted to end the program

Diesel Owners Eligible for Refunds of Diesel Testing Fees

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

The emissions testing program in Bernalillo County for diesel-powered vehicles will end on Sept. 12, the city said.

And, people who have paid for the emissions tests in the past three years can now start applying for refunds.

Earlier this year, the city said that emissions testing for diesel vehicles wasn’t authorized by state law, which says that only spark-ignited internal combustion engines have to be tested. Diesel engines are compression-ignited, not spark-ignited.

On August 10, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board voted unanimously to end the program. After that, officials had to notify the federal Environmental Protection Agency of its intention to end the testing.

The diesel emissions testing program went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The city estimates that about 9,500 emissions tests have been done on diesel vehicles over the past three and a half years.

On average, a diesel emissions test costs $25, and motorists who got tests are eligible for a $25 refund, the city said. Motorists who paid more than that can request the full amount paid, but they’ll need receipts.

According to the city’s announcement on Friday, the reimbursement period begins Sept. 12 and ends on Dec. 31. To apply for a refund call 505-764-1110, or go to: ww.cabq.gov/reimbursement-request-list

 

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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