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Shelby Co. residents will be exempt from emissions testing

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South senator says Shelby County residents will be exempt from emissions testing if the state takes over.

A bill that was supposed to go before the state legislature was pulled at the last minute.

"I think it's a real win for those residents outside the city limits of Memphis," said Sen. Brian Kelsey, Germantown.

The City of Memphis is exiting the car inspection business. Shelby County declined to get involved and is negotiating to have the state take over.

Tennessee Senator Kelsey says the Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Robert Martineau assured him by phone that county residents will be exempt from emissions testing for six years, until at least February 2019 when the state must submit an air quality program to the Environmental Protection Agency.

While county residents avoid the hassle, Memphians will be stuck with inspections, though Senator Kelsey says the state plans to contract out the business, thus creating more inspection locations.

"The main thing is that we are keeping people from having to go through this who are not having to through it right now and hopefully we can make it more convenient for those who are going through it," he said.

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