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The Nation

Inspection programs to control car exhaust fumes are being weakened because too many states have fought the system and too many inspection centers have ignored strict anti-pollution standards, the General Accounting Office said in a report to Congress. It accused the Environmental Protection Agency of being too lenient in forcing states to adopt the emission control program. The states were required under a 1977 law to reduce pollution by carbon monoxide and ozone --two elements of automobile exhaust--by 1983. But 30 states and the District of Columbia received an extension until Dec. 31, 1987, on the condition they adopt a vehicle emissions inspection program to help control pollution.


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