Free Emissions Testing Event Helps Save on Gas, Improves Air Quality on Ozone Action Days

July 11, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Pollution Prevention Partnership (P3) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TxDOT, and the Port of Corpus Christi held a Vehicle Emissions Testing Event on July 9 in the Whataburger Field parking lot. This testing benefits the community in that, especially during the summer months, it will help residents save on gasoline costs and improve the city’s air quality on Ozone Action Days.

“Polluting vehicles waste fuel and money,” said Chris Cisneros-Guzman, Program Manager of the P3. “Our goal is to help the public reduce the pollution emitted from their vehicles; not just for the environment but for their pocketbooks as well.”   

The testing took less than three minutes per vehicle. Vehicles found to be releasing harmful exhaust emissions, such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, qualified for a voucher to receive free repairs.  At the event, 100 vehicles were tested and 33 drivers received vouchers for repairs.  

Cisneros-Guzman says that 35 percent of the pollutants in our air come from the vehicles we drive.  The goal of the program is to reduce pollution and to assist our community to remain in compliance with national air quality standards.

Ozone Action Days are called by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality between March and November, when conditions are most favorable for the accumulation of unhealthy ground-level ozone pollution. It is recommended that during these days, groups that are sensitive to the pollutants reduce exposure by limiting prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

The Pollution Prevention Partnership started in 1995 to address air quality issues in Corpus Christi, an ozone near-nonattainment area. The P3 delivers a range of environmental assistance programs and services including environmental education, pollution prevention, and environmental compliance assistance to citizens, schools, businesses, industry, and governments throughout the Coastal Bend.

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