EPA drops language banning racecars from legislation

Buried deep inside legislation from the EPA called Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles was a rule that seemingly would have made a large number of racecars illegal. After outcry from the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, better known as SEMA, and pressure from Republican lawmakers, the race-banning language will be removed from the EPA's legislation.

In a statement in which the EPA says it "supports motorsports and its contributions to the American economy and communities all across the country," the agency said it will continue to target companies and individuals who illegally modify vehicles used on public roads. Vehicles that are kept off the street and that are used exclusively for on-track competition are apparently off the hook.

SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting released a statement thanking "Congress for pushing EPA to withdraw an ill-conceived proposal," but he still isn't completely satisfied. "The racing industry and public need a long-term solution to eliminate any uncertainty regarding how the Clean Air Act is interpreted," according to Kersting.

The long-term solution to which he refers is the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016. Read more about the RPM act here, and if you want to voice your support for it, click here.

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