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Akron-Canton News: Thousands of Polluting Ohio Cars Unaccounted For
October 6, 2009, 2:36 pm
Filed under: News

POSTED: 4:56 pm EDT October 4, 2009

AKRON, Ohio — Ohio cannot account for about 116,000 polluting vehicles since 2004, according to a review of the state’s E-check vehicle emissions testing program that exposes a loophole in the law meant to reduce unhealthy emissions.

The issue is what happens to cars that failed the initial test and whose drivers never returned for a follow-up test.

In the seven E-check counties in the Akron-Cleveland area last year, about 60,000 vehicles failed the test the first time, and about 48,000 passed a recheck or received a waiver.

That leaves about 11,410 polluting cars and light trucks unaccounted for, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Sunday.

Similar numbers disappeared in the two previous years, said spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer of the Ohio EPA. The numbers were even higher in 2005 and 2004, when Dayton and Cincinnati areas were part of E-Check, adding up to about 116,000 missing vehicles.

Some of the vehicles might have been traded in or sold for parts, while others might have been sold and reregistered in non-E-check counties in Ohio.

There are no requirements under the federal Clean Air Act to find out where those vehicles went.

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