Minutes of the Meeting
COMMITTEE ON CONTROL
EMISSIONS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES
Washoe County Health Department
Conference Room B
1001 E 9th Street
July 30, 2002
Nelson: Program Manager of Emission Control of the Department of Motor
Vehicles, Dianne Stortz-Lintz: Environmental Scientist of the Department of
Motor Vehicles, Mike Painter: Department of Transportation, Chet Sergent:
Division of Environmental Protection, Connie Anderson: Truckee Meadows
Regional Planning Agency, Andrew Goodrich: Washoe County Air Quality, Dennis
Ransel: Clark County Air Quality, Catherine MacDougall: Clark County Air
Dagdagan: Administrative Assistant III of Emission Control of the Dept. of
Motor Vehicles, James Sohns: Nevada Car Owner’s Association, Brian Kerally:
Smog Busters, Allan Brooke: Instant Smog, Rick Fields: Instant Smog, Ray
Roach: Nevada Motor Transport Assoc., Ron Levine: Nevada Motor Transport
Assoc., Karina O’ Conner: EPA, Steven Grabski: Commission on Measurement
Standards, Peter Krueger: Nevada Petroleum Marketers Association, Glenn Smith:
Compliance Enforcement Division of Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Call to Order
Approval of minutes of the meeting on 04-23-2002.
Stortz-Lintz motioned to approve April 23, 2002 minutes; Chet Sergent
Dianne Stortz-Lintz from the Department of Motor Vehicles briefed the
committee regarding the I/M subcommittee meeting on Heavy Duty Diesel Emission
Control Strategies and proposed NRS and NAC changes.
was a controversy with the language of the proposed changes on NAC 445B.7665.
It was suggested that language be changed so that the old opacity meters could
only be used to enforce the lesser opacity standards.
Motor Transport Association’s has drafted a Bill Draft Request NRS
445B.700-845 that bring all vehicles into the opacity standard and bring in
all heavy-duty diesels 8,500 to 14,000 lb GVWR.
is assessing the impact on the Nevada Smog Check Program changing the word
“Diesels” to “Special Fuels.” She and Adele are trying to look into
how these changes would affect alternate fuel vehicles in the long term.
Johnson (not present) wanted reports that outlined the options for control of
heavy duty diesel emissions, an inventory showing the percent of heavy duty
diesel emissions out of the total vehicle emission inventory.
Ransel reported that Clark County is submitting a Bill Draft Request to enable
both Clark and Washoe Counties to collect emission fees from Diesel equipment
on construction sites.
County has contracted a study that defines chemical composition and speciation
of PM 2.5 in Las Vegas.
County is developing a complete vehicle inventory for Clark.
Sohns commented that they should control emissions from off-road heavy-duty
Stortz-Lintz said that there isn’t an enforceable emission standard for
these vehicles because they weren’t manufactured with emission standards.
Ransel said that Clark County would use the off-road diesel permit fees to for
research, prototyping and developing a feasible, workable off-road diesel
emission control strategy.
Keraly suggested making the off-road diesels get a moving permit and Ron
Levine noted that off-road diesels are special moving equipment and are
therefore are exempt from having to be permitted.
Nelson informed everyone that there will be a workshop coming up to discuss
changes in NAC445B.780 which concerns lowering of opacity standards for
on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles on August 8th and 14th.
Ransel asked why the 70% opacity was used for the 1976 models. Lloyd Nelson
stated he knows a little history; opacity wasn’t considered an issue prior
to 1976 so it would be difficult for the engines to be held to a higher
Ransel commented that from the Air Quality perspective, the older vehicles are
the dirtier vehicles and asked if 55% not realistic for them.
Nelson said that other states were using similar standards. The Nevada program
is not currently checking 1976 and older vehicles therefore we do not have any
history to which to compare.
Levine asked if this is a tighter program. Lloyd Nelson was affirmative. Ron
commented on the Heavy Duty Diesel proposed amendments specifically, Section B
and C. He asked why the language does not include 1977 and 1990 vehicles.
Lloyd said he would look into it.
Keraly wanted to know why it says “Heavy Duty Motor Vehicles” on it. Chet
said that is the current title for that section of regulations.
asked Glenn Smith if their enforcement team checks medium duty and heavier
vehicles. Glenn replied that they test 8500 lb and above.
Andy Goodrich discussed Washoe County District Health Department’s
analysis of the benefits of the Heavy Duty Diesel Smoke Enforcement Program.
distributed statistical handouts (attached)
purpose to justify a program similar to heavy-duty diesel opacity enforcement
with that of Clark County. The Washoe County heavy-duty diesel emission
control program doesn’t currently have the resources to perform surface
County surface street testing and results would be substantially similar to
profile of the Washoe County fleet is essentially similar to that of Clark
per year mileage.
in a 196 ton per year emission reduction at a cost of $510/ton.
asked if he can get the failure rate data by the location, how many failed at
weigh stations, fleet yards and surface streets. Dianne Stortz-Lintz stated
she has complete data from 8500 and up by county. She said she would send the
file to Andy.
asked if ex plates such as school bus are registered. Lloyd stated they should
be registered in Genesis.
Dianne Stortz-Lintz, gave a brief status of OBD II implementation.
Dianne distributed copies of the OBD II handouts, which is also available for
the general public if there are any requests for presentation (attached)
discussed the advisory period. Nevada will have an advisory period until
January 1, 2003. During this advisory period, cars that failed OBD II will be
2 speed idle tested.
stated there is still a waiver program for OBD II vehicles. Nobody asked them
to change waiver requirements although EPA recommends that there not be a
waiver program for OBDII.
Brooke stated that most OBD II equipped vehicles are still under
manufacturer’s warranty so why doesn’t the motorist just get their vehicle
repaired. Lloyd stated if the vehicle is under warranty, they should take it
to the dealer. Major components are guaranteed for 8 years or 80, 000 miles
whichever comes first and the rest of the components are covered for 2 years
or 24, 000 miles.
stated that they do not have information regarding problem vehicles.
asked how many vehicles are showing up not-ready or had failed the OBD
emission test. Dianne stated she does not have that information. She expects
to have a report soon from World Com.
Peter Krueger stated DMV should be forcing World Com to provide that
information as part of the contract. Lloyd replied that World Com had provided
basic pass/fail information. But DMV needed an enhanced application that is in
stated that there are few machines in Clark County that are not doing OBD II
Test. DMV is in the process of turning off the old NV 94 this month.
Brooke asked if regulations would be uniformly enforced in both Clark and
Washoe County. Lloyd stated as far as regulation goes, the only real
difference in the emission programs would be the waiver where Clark county has
a $450.00 and repairs have to be done in an authorized 2G facility wherein
Washoe county still have the self repair with limit of $200.00 that can either
be done in a 2G facility or at by the owner.
Keraly asked if the department had done any public campaign on OBD II. Lloyd
stated DMV developed a good website for it. He will talk to Tom Jacobs, DMV
public information officer, to get a PR campaign.
Washoe and Clark counties discussed current status/actions taken on
stated he had given Dennis and Andy the first set of the grants. Things look
positive for the rest of the grants. They are going to start working on the
interlocal agreements to be presented to their Deputy Director. They sent the
Dedicated Funding to the counties but will not going to make it to the IFC
meeting in September. He suggested making it as a whole package for
Dennis Ransel briefed the committee on the contracted study to evaluate
the I/M program effectiveness.
discussed the difference between Mobile 6 versus Mobile 5. One of the defaults
on Mobile 6 is the I/M effectiveness. To get good information out from Mobile
6, they will be performing two studies. One study they will be contracting
with Parsons Engineering is to utilize data from DMV to analyze the
effectiveness of the I&M program. The other study involves accurately
characterizing the fleet and vehicle miles traveled. They hope to have these
studies completed by the end of the year.
Sohns discussed issues with “dummy” smog certificates from illegal smog
stations, junk cars without smog inspection being sold at auctions and
incompetent inspectors doing “phony” test. Lloyd stated that the only
thing that is required to be emission tested by the seller would be a retail
sale. Jim suggested requiring smog inspection from all car sellers. Lloyd
stated with regards to Volunteers of America and agencies like that,
Compliance Enforcement doesn’t have authority to cite them and to do so
would probably have to go through NRS change.
Krueger agreed with Brian Keraly to have sworn officers go after smog stations
doing illegal activity. He suggested having an 800 number for customers to
report a station they think is performing illegal smog. Lloyd stated he would
set up a meeting with the Administrators and Chief Investigators to discuss
Grabski, acting Administrator for the Commission of Measurement Standards,
introduced himself to the committee. He stated he oversees the weights and
measures program for the state. He requested that someone from his division be
Nelson stated that the composition of the committee was defined by NAC.
Ransel suggested looking into revising NAC regarding positions in the
committee. Lloyd stated that to have the NAC changed would require a Project
Request to Jim Parsons.
Next Meeting and Adjournment
was adjourned at 3:55 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for October 7, 2002
at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
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