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State program aimed at helping reduce emissions

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-03 23:56:09-04

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has a program to reduce emissions and help save you money.
You can't see it, but your lungs can feel it, the Valley’s summer pollutant: ozone.

According to Air Quality Director Timothy Franquist, the harmful pollutant can cause labored breathing, watery eyes, and a scratchy throat and our vehicles that are one of the main contributors.
“Between sunlight, nitrogen, and oxides, we get these longer days, and that actually creates the ozone,” said Franquist.
Reducing your vehicle's emissions is one way to help reduce ozone pollution. So if you're due for an emissions test but don’t pass, ADEQ is working to take the sting out of your wallet and get you back on the road.
With the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program, ADEQ can offer you up to $550 to get your car fixed. All you have to do is take your vehicle to an approved repair shop and make a $150 co-pay, the rest gets billed back to ADEQ.
You can take advantage of the program if your car is 12 years or older, has been registered in Arizona for the last 12 months, and has recently failed emissions testing. The program has a 90 percent success rate of getting your car back on the road and making the air a little easier to breathe for everyone else.
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