It would be easier to persuade NGA to locate in the greater Belleville area if we quickly disband the no longer needed Vehicle Emissions Testing Program.
Healthy vehicles with no emissions fault cannot be registered in the Belleville area when the Illinois EPA test stations computers fail to read specific monitors because the test stations are unwilling to test on the vehicles on board diagnostic systems. Anyone moving here from Missouri risks having an unusable and unsaleable vehicle taking up space in his garage.
Most manufacturing has left the metro-east due to over regulation, higher taxation, and higher steel costs, so that our air is much cleaner than it was when the vehicle test program was initiated. Until we discontinue vehicle emissions testing we shall continue to advise NGA employees to either commute from Missouri or live east of Scott Air Force Base.
Richard A. Robertson, Belleville