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News Releases - 1999

Markham Emissions Test Station Reopened

For Immediate Release
May 3, 1999
Contact: Julie Neposchlan
217-782-6936
TDD: 217-782-9143

Springfield, Ill. -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that the vehicle emissions test station located at 3824 159th Place, Markham, Ill., will reopen for testing on Tuesday, May 4.

The Markham station has been closed since Feb. 1 and was completely reconstructed for the new enhanced vehicle testing program.

"We are pleased this station is reopening sooner than had been anticipated. It will offer South Suburban motorists an additional convenient location for vehicle testing," said Illinois EPA Director Thomas Skinner.

The number of lanes at the Markham Station has also been increased from five to six.

The enhanced program is more effective in identifying the pollutants that contribute to ground-level ozone (smog). Ozone is a respiratory irritant that can cause health problems, especially for children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung diseases.

The new program features more test stations, longer hours of operation--all Chicago-area stations are now open Mondays--and an up-to-the-minute wait-time hotline and signs in front of stations that provide motorists information about station wait times. The Markham station wait-time hotline number is 800-872-4214.

Vehicles in the test area that are in their fourth model year and beyond are assigned a month in which to be tested. The vehicle owner will receive a test notice from the Illinois EPA in the mail at least two weeks before the vehicle's assigned month.

The Markham station hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For information on the Markham station call 800-872-4214. For information on the emissions test program, call the Illinois EPA at 847-758-3400 or visit the Illinois EPA's Web site at www.epa.state.il.us/air/vim/index.html

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