Opposition from residents has prompted the Weber County Commission to delay voting on an ordinance establishing auto emissions testing.
Commissioners agreed to conduct a June 17 public hearing so officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can explain the auto pollution policy, and so supporters and opponents of emissions testing may testify.Weber County is in danger of losing federal funding if it doesn't implement a testing program.
Commissioner Joan Hellstrom said she received several calls over the weekend from people concerned about plans for Weber County to join Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties in emissions testing beginning in January 1992.
Three residents criticized the ordinance Monday, saying it's unnecessary because Weber County has clean air.
"Who in the blazes set the EPA up as god of this country?" Ned Malan asked the commissioners. "I'm for clean air and clean minds. But our greatest pollution in this country is government people and their control."
James Douglas said it's "peculiar science" to conclude that emissions testing is needed throughout the county because of violations of the federal carbon monoxide standard in downtown Ogden.
Paul Skeen told the commissioners that their decisions could cost vehicle owners $2 million next year in testing fees.
"That's $2 million for nothing," he said. "There are very few decisions that this commission can make that will affect the taxpayers as much."