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Emissions Test Your Vehicle & You Could Win a Car!

5 August 2005


Turning the tables on the traditional tailpipe pollution clouding parking lots, voluntary auto emissions testing will be offered August 12th on UAB’s Campus just across the street from the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts.

The free and quick procedure will be available from 10 AM until 2 PM in Parking Lot 15D (SW corner of the intersection of 13th Street and 10th Avenue South) and is open to the general public. Participants will also have the opportunity to enter their name in a contest to possibly win a 2005 Toyota Prius.

Automobiles, trucks, SUVs and other motor vehicles are significant contributors to the air quality problem facing Jefferson and Shelby Counties. The region has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a nonattainment area for a pair of air pollutants – ground level ozone and particulate matter – which prevents certain kinds of industries from locating in either county. More importantly, research has suggested that prolonged exposure to both ozone and particulate matter, or PM, can lead to serious health impacts, including reduced lung function.

Auto emissions testing can help owners better understand the amount of pollution their vehicles produce. Certain test results can also point to problems with the car or truck itself, and lets participants know they might need to follow-up on the findings with their family mechanic.

The Toyota Prius, one of an increasing number of hybrid vehicles being manufactured worldwide, has been shown to produce far less air pollution than other midsize cars and has been judged by the EPA as having a fuel economy rating of 60 miles per gallon in the city and 51 miles per gallon on the highway.

August 12th is the last day to enter the Prius giveaway.

Please feel free to share this information with friends, family, and coworkers. For more information, call 325-8712.

Hope to see you there,
Mike Higginbotham
Jefferson County – Environmental Protection Division

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