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EPA: we’re not trying to hurt racing

by David Zatz on

Last week, trade group/lobbyists SEMA issued an alert claiming that the EPA was out to outlaw amateur racing. Their alarmist tone was similar to past messages, and today, Automotive News issued the expected correction after actually discussing the issue with the EPA.


The government agency said that modifications to emissions-certified cars have always been banned under the Clean Air Act, as passed by Congress. The EPA is concerned about Volkswagen-style emissions defeat devices, and wanted to make it clear that an exemption for vehicles created for non-road use, such as snowmobiles, was not meant for cars and trucks that are certified for on-road use. The agency also said that racing has never been “an enforcement priority.”

Comments from the public on this issue are still being considered, and the rule is not yet final.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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