Take Action – EPA Overreach Continues


It’s not bad enough that the EPA forces Ethanol fuels on the populace, they also determine that the rivulet of water running through private property is the purview of big Government.

To make matters even worse they are proposing a rule that would prohibit the conversion of a stock vehicle into a race car. While some industry companies that make race cars may applaud the free boost to their business, the rest of the industry would be decimated by this decision. Here is the press release from SEMA:

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.

Take Action

According to SEMA, after conversing with the EPA, the EPA contention is that this is not a new rule but a clarification and it was always illegal to modify an emissions controlled vehicle. Congress has disagreed on every occasion but that hasn’t stopped the EPA from trying to get it through the system time and time again.

What can we do? We can take action by writing to your states legislators. Follow this link to find your Representative based on your zip code and here to find your senator.

Let them know how you feel about this proposed rule and get everyone you know to help stop this ridiculous overreach by the EPA.

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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