COMP Performance Group is offering its support for recently introduced legislation that would counter proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations affecting modified race cars.
The EPA regulations, which are scheduled to be finalized this summer, would make converting a street vehicle into a race car illegal if doing so involved the emission system being changed from its stock configuration. The ban would apply even to those race cars used solely on the track and not on public roads.
“The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would essentially rewrite the law and 46 years of policy and practice,” SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting said in a press release on the issue. “Without congressional intervention, the racing community and racing parts manufacturers would be operating outside of that new law and could be targeted for enforcement.”
In early March, bills were introduced on Capitol Hill to counter EPA’s proposed regulations. The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act in the Senate and companion bill H.R. 4715 in the House both seek to ensure that converting street vehicles to race cars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act. Seven state attorney generals in April 1 signed a letter to the EPA in support of deleting the proposed Clean Air Act changes threatening the racing community.
SEMA has created a page on its website giving background on the EPA regulations, potential impacts on the aftermarket performance and motorsports industries, and links to the complete text of the RPM Act.
CPG Nation is encouraged to visit www.sema.org/epa-news and complete a simple form there that will generate a letter to your specific Senator and Representatives in support of the RPM Act.