Davidson County May Join Surrounding Counties In Ending Emissions Testing

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

Kevin Rhoten, Metro Councilman (District 14), filed a resolution on Tuesday to end emissions testing in Davidson County, following the lead of several surrounding counties.

In a tweet on November 9th Rhoten wrote, “I filed a resolution today to end emissions testing in Davidson County. The EPA has given Davidson and its surrounding counties the green light to end testing. All counties except Davidson have all decided to end their programs. It’s time we do the same.”

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced in August that five counties near Davidson would end emissions testing on  January 14th, 2022. These were Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.


Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, said at the time of the announcement, “Finally we will see an end to the unnecessary stress, long waits and financial burdens placed on hardworking families… This action puts in motion the legislation our General Assembly passed in 2018 to end emissions testing and I appreciate the efforts of all of our legislators and state officials who have worked hard to end this burdensome requirement.”

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Metro Councilman Freddie O’Connell (District 19) who is co-sponsor of the resolution said that emissions testing is now counterproductive, “It is not reasonable to have people sitting for 90 minutes, idling the entire time to test their emissions. To me, that is actually not doing much to improve air quality.”


Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and contributor to The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at paula@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

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