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Revised Smog Inspection Bill

September 13, 1988

Here we go again! More rhetoric to confuse the public. The Senate sent legislation to Gov. Deukmejian that would allow mechanics to charge up to $300 per car for exhaust-emission repair (Part I, Aug. 31). We are working at the wrong end, by treating the victim and not the disease.

Since 1977 a long series of legislative battles to clean up our air have been lost. Now again, Detroit is willing to spend up to $4.5 million per auto company for tests, but not one cent to reduce the emissions per car; and, as usual, the motorist bears the brunt of Detroit's greediness.

Now the most ironic assault to our intelligence is the latest headline, "EPA Moves to Ban New Sources of Smog." What a farce! We have absolutely no plans to bring in heavy industry or power generating plants. It's purely a symbolic ploy.

And what about Assemblyman Byron D. Sher's highly touted bill--the goal to reduce smog 5% annually? It stretches our credence to the breaking point. A 5% reduction is a drop in the bucket and with the prediction of more growth, more cars, and more people we will actually slip backwards into eventual suffocation.

MRS. ARTHUR M.

GROSSMAN

Palm Springs

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