In an effort to keep the road clear of old cars and their smog-producing pollutants, the Air Pollution Control Board (APCD) is resurrecting a program to buy cars made in 1988 or earlier for $800 a piece. With a budget of $150,000, the APCD hopes to retire 130 vintage gas guzzlers and convert them to scrap metal. If successful, the car buy-back program will reduce the quantity of smog precursor emissions by about 40 tons. This is the third incarnation of the program, which has removed 1,550 old cars from the road since 1993 and about 340 tons of pollutants from the air since 1993. To qualify for the buy-back, cars must be running and registered. Call (800) 717-7624 for more information.

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