Fasano Calls for Resolution to Emissions Problem

July 21, 2004

State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) spoke out today regarding the state’s vehicle emissions program, which was suspended for the third time a few weeks ago. Senator Fasano expressed his concerned for the small business owners who bought new equipment and hired additional employees to help run the emissions program.

“We seem to be caught in endless delays. Our strict emissions laws are not doing any good if there is no functional testing. Plus, shop owners have no control over the situation, yet they are suffering the most,” said Senator Fasano. ” With the testing again in limbo, garage owners are having trouble paying these additional workers. If the situation is not remedied quickly, many workers may lose their jobs.”

The new testing program was supposed to debut in September, but didn’t officially begin until mid-October. Then, after about six months of operations, the program was suspended for up to 90 days in mid-April, due to problems with Agbar’s operations and software. A few weeks ago, testing was suspended again, this time for another month.

“I have spoken with Commissioner Gary DeFillippo and he is as concerned as I am. He has assured me that his is committed to getting the program permanently up and running,” continued Senator Fasano. “However, Connecticut’s small business owners cannot keeping waiting. Either the state and Agbar need to rectify the problem by a certain date, or Connecticut needs to move in another direction with its testing.”

Senator Fasano also recently met with Governor M. Jodi Rell regarding the emissions issue.

“Governor Rell is also working actively to rectify the situation. She vowed that the we will be back on in the near future, which is positive news,” added Senator Fasano.

Senator Fasano represents the 34 th district communities of East Haven, North Haven, and Wallingford.