B3 DENR EXEC WARNS EMISSION CENTERS FOR ‘FIXING’ SMOKE TESTING RESULTS

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DENR EXEC WARNS EMISSION CENTERS FOR ‘FIXING’ SMOKE TESTING RESULTS

 

City of San Fernando, La Union – A top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday (Feb. 12) warned private emission testing centers that they may face closure for ‘fixing’ smoke testing results of  vehicles.

Assistant Secretary Juan Miguel Cuna, who also is concurrent director of the Environment and Management Bureau of the DENR, issued the warning as he led the commissioning of the P10 million-worth differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) at the air quality monitoring station constructed inside the compound of the police regional office here.

The DOAS is a state-of- the- art equipment that could measure real-time ambient air quality within 1 kilometer radius.

Cuna divulged that many private emission testing centers were found out to have issued certifications to vehicles although they failed the emission test required for the renewal of their registration with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

“The EMB and LTO tracked down that many motor vehicles were issued certifications from private emission testing centers although they are obviously smoke belchers, causing air pollution especially in Metro Manila,” the environment official said.

He said the EMB either suspended the permits or even ordered the closure of many emission testing centers because of  ‘fixing’ smoke testing results even as he warned that EMB will continue its crackdown of unscrupulous emission testing centers.

“We are doing this to control and abate sources of causing air pollution in the country to promote  good quality of air we breathed and a healthy environment for our people,” he said.      

In Metro Manila, the air quality as of December last year was 101 micrograms per cubic meter slightly above the normal particulate level of  90 micrograms per cubic meter,  although the average air quality in the metropolis in 2010 is 166 micrograms per cubic meter according to Cuna.

“There has been significant reduction of particulate level in Metro Manila because of the continuing efforts of the department, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units, and the transport sector,” he said adding that the anti-smoke belching operations will continue vigorously to apprehend smoke-belchers and to require operators and drivers to properly maintain  their vehicles for fuel efficiency.