Comment Period for Anchorage I/M program now open
ANCHORAGE- The public now has a chance to weigh in on the city's I/M program.
Last week, Mayor Dan Sullivan announced his plan to eliminate the I/M vehicle testing
program. The move requires Assembly approval as well as a change to the State of
Alaska Implementation Plan (SIP). It is the mayor's contention that Anchorage has not
violated the federal air quality standard for carbon monoxide since 1996 and current
modeling shows that Anchorage can continue to meet the standard even if the I/M
program is eliminated.
A draft amendment that deletes the commitment to I/M from the SIP has been released
for public comment. The public comment period ends May 3. Members of the public can
review and comment on the plan by visiting the "What's New" section of www.muni.org.
The SIP approval process is expected to take from one to two years to complete. Until
then, current I/M program rules apply.