CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Pollution Prevention Partnership (P3) recently brought the AutoCheck Clean Air Fair to Moody High School, teaming up with students in the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class. A total of 25 cars had their vehicle emissions tested for free. Vouchers for three replacement gas caps were issued preventing up to 900 pounds of gasoline vapors evaporating out of drivers’ tanks over a one-year period.
The event, which was held for the eighth time since 2008 at Moody High School on November 7, offered free vehicle testing under the direction of the P3, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Community Outreach Program and students.
Trent Thigpen, P3 Program Manager, worked with teacher Vinay Dulip to coordinate the event, which was a success on many levels. Thigpen says that the students were enthusiastic and took over the operations after a brief introduction.
“Despite starting in the rain, we had a good number of cars,” Thigpen said. “The students got experience talking to the public and recording field data using scientific sensors, and of course, we provided vouchers to replace bad gas caps which will help clean the air.”
AutoCheck is supported by penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement action. The goal of AutoCheck is to locate vehicles that are releasing high levels of harmful exhaust emissions, such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and
, nitrogen oxides, or have leaking gas caps which allow fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere.
During an AutoCheck event, drivers are invited to bring in their vehicles for complimentary and quick tailpipe emissions and gas cap leak tests.
If a vehicle is determined to be polluting, then qualifying vehicles may be eligible for a voucher that is good for up to $600 in repairs that will likely restore lost gas mileage and improve local air quality.
AutoCheck events are held year-round at different locations. For a schedule of other AutoCheck events, visit the website www.autocheck.cc.