In response to proposed changes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggested to the Clean Air Act, automotive performance aftermarket enthusiasts and activists managed to get the Recognizing Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act introduced in Congress. The SEMA Action Network, the political activist arm of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) reports the bill has gained more sponsors, now totaling 103 in the U.S. House of Representatives and 18 in the Senate. However, the bill still needs to get through committee and go to the full floor to be codified into law.
The effort leading up to the authoring of the RPM act was spearheaded by the SEMA Action Network, and significant support and advocacy came from performance and racing enthusiasts and companies with a vested interest in the automotive performance and racing industry. The language furtively added to the Clean Air Act in a proposed revision to the rules would allow the EPA to regulate any engine or vehicle that was covered by a “certificate of conformity” at any time, regardless of use. That means any engine or vehicle that was built as a production model would be subject to the Clean Air Act at any point in their life, even if they had been repurposed for use exclusively in motorsports or off-road.
The federal agency contends that the language is simply a reiteration of existing law and does not change existing policy. However, SEMA and many enthusiasts see it as a low-key power grab by federal regulatory official to expand their reach and authority under the auspices of environmental protection. If you would like to voice your support to bring the RPM Act to the floor of Congress for a full vote, go to sema.org/rpm.
Source: SEMA Action Network