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Phony Inspection Stickers Hurt Houston Air Quality

Phony Inspection Stickers Hurt Houston Air Quality

Houston and Harris County are in danger of not meeting new EPA smog standards. And it certainly doesn't help that some of the car emissions inspections are bogus.

Cyrus Reed at the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club says the good news is Houston air is cleaner.

"The bad news is we're still not quite there in terms of meeting the standard."

Reed says it's possible hundreds of thousands of cars have phony inspection stickers.

"There are a number of fraudulent businesses that are handing out these stickers that say the vehicles pass emissions tests that they don't actually pass."

Crooked inspectors reportedly sell phony inspection stickers for $80 -- double the cost of a legitimate state inspection.

"So we're gonna need every little bit of air pollution credit, every little bit of decrease in the amount of pollution going into the air to meet those standards."

 

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