A bill, sponsored by State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Richland Township, that would remove seven counties, including Cambria, from the commonwealth’s vehicle emissions testing program passed the Senate on Tuesday.
Langerholc supported taking the county off the list since it has been meeting federal air quality standards.
The other counties are Blair, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer and Westmoreland.
Langerholc’s legislation, part of a four-bill package aimed at modernizing the state’s emissions testing, will now go to the House for consideration.
“Today’s historic vote is a culmination of many years of work on this issue,” Langerholc said in a released statement. “From Senate Resolution 168 to public hearings, to meetings with stakeholders, we have advocated for the removal of emissions testing in counties that have improved their air quality and meet national standards. We have listened to our constituents. I now call on my House colleagues to do the same and pass this package of bills quickly. We must continue to fight for the people of western Pennsylvania who have been saddled with this onerous requirement for far too long.”