Folks in the liberty movement don’t always disagree with government. Let’s give a tip of the tri-corner hat to the Town Board of the Town of Estes Park and the Larimer County Commissioners. They’ve been persistently opposing the state’s expansion of air emissions testing to the Estes Valley. Their efforts will be enhanced if local residents attend the hearing and explain how the program will specifically impact them. There are many assumptions behind the program that do not apply to Estes Park. For example, do local (non-commuting) retirees average 10,000 miles per year driving? If so, how much of that driving is out-of-state? If you are a part-year resident, do you even license a vehicle in Colorado? Did you know that you could be forced into emissions testing even if you are licensed out-of-state? If you own an older vehicle, can you afford to spend hundreds of dollars on repairs? Is the Air Quality Control Commission aware of the multitudes of tourist vehicles that overwhelm the local traffic each summer?
Here’s a Town press release that explains why the County and Town are opposing expansion of the program:
News – For immediate release
State to determine emissions testing for Estes Park at September 15 public hearing
Larimer County and Town of Estes Park to speak against the program
Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park are taking an official position on local vehicle emissions testing at a rulemaking hearing of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) on September 15, 2011. The AQCC will consider whether the Estes Park area should be included in the Enhanced North Front Range Automobile and Maintenance (emissions testing) program beginning with January, 2012 registration renewals. Citizens are encouraged to attend and comment at the meeting, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. This is updated from the previously announced time of 9 a.m.
The AQCC will conduct other business at the start of the hearing, and the topic of emissions testing will likely begin around 1:30 p.m. with public comment around 2 p.m. Additional public comment may be taken if necessary around 5 p.m.
The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County requested that the hearing be held in Estes Park so that local citizens could more easily participate, whether they are in favor of or opposed to the emissions testing program. More information on the AQCC and the hearing is available at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/op/aqcc/index.html. More information on the emissions testing program is available at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ap/mobile.html.
Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park have cited several reasons why Estes Park vehicles should not be included in the emissions testing program. These reasons relate to the relatively small number of resident vehicles in the area, the extensive number of tourist vehicles during the summer ozone season, the long distances to drive to the centralized test stations, and the hardship of driving to the test stations for a uniquely older population demographic.