LEE COUNTY MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE NC MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

Lee County, NC — June 24, 2022 — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of North Carolina to remove Lee, Onslow and Rockingham Counties from North Carolina's motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program.

If the proposal is approved, Lee County vehicle owners will no longer be required to undergo an emissions test during their annual vehicle inspection.

The revision was published Wednesday by the Office of the Federal Register and is available for public comment for the next 30 days. The public comment period will end July 22, 2022.

The EPA will then publish its final approval in the Federal Register, addressing any public comments received, and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary will submit a certification letter of the SIP approval by the EPA to the Revisor of Statutes.

Once these steps are completed, the State Division of Motor Vehicles must implement the program changes on the first day of a month that is 60 days after the DEQ Secretary certifies to the Revisor of Statutes that the EPA has approved the amendment to the SIP.

DEQ estimates for this action to become effective November 1, 2022.

To view the proposed rulemaking and for instructions to provide comments and ask questions, visit www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/06/22/2022-13163/air-plan-approval-nc-inspection-and-maintenance-program.

For media inquiries, please contact Hailey Hall, Communications Specialist at (919) 718-4605 or hhall@leecountync.gov.

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