Memphis forced to repay $3.8M federal grant

Memphis forced to repay $3.8M federal grant

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis will have to repay the federal government $3.8 million for a vehicle-inspection station that closed just three years after being created.

Federal officials sent a formal letter to Tennessee saying the $3.8 million federal grand had to be repaid.

Until receiving the letter, TDOT thought they may only have to repay part of the grant.

The $3.8 million grant came from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program. Memphis received the money to help pay for the $6 million inspection station just off Appling Road.

The station opened in 2010, but shut down in 2013 when the city council ended the inspection program.

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