NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 02, 1976
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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency makes Chicago's voluntary program of testing auto pollution compulsory.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman
(Chicago, Illinois) Auto pollution controls cost $21 billion in last 7 years 21% of `76 models inspected here fail auto emissions test. 1/2 of `74 cars checked by Environmental Protection Agency last year failed to meet even 1 of federal pollution standards; failure rate higher for `75 cars. [EPA Dr. Norman SHUTLER - explains problems.] [Chrysler official, Charles HEINEN - says tampering with controls means degree of quality of air control won't be reached.] EPA wants government-supervised factory testing of pollution controls. Auto mfrs. say such tests costly and unnecessary. Environmental Protection Agency wants mandatory emissions control inspections for all cars. Auto pollution here worse than 5 years ago, as in NYC.
REPORTER: Sam Iker