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A proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency could mean bad things for racers and car enthusiasts across the United States. According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the EPA wants to make it illegal to modify your roadgoing car for racing, and could even prohibit the sale of aftermaket parts that mess with emission control devices.

Tucked away in an EPA proposal titled Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2 is a section that indicates this sort of vehicle modification is a violation of the clean air act. Here's the exact wording, found on page 862 of an official EPA document:
EPA is proposing in 40 CFR 1037.601(a)(3) to clarify that the Clean Air Act does not allow any person to disable, remove, or render inoperative (i.e., tamper with) emission controls on a certified motor vehicle for purposes of competition. AdGet Racing Car Info at Edmunds.com Free Videos, Pictures & More!
SEMA met with the EPA to confirm the agency's intentions, and issued a statement saying, "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." The association added, "SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary."

Cars used exclusively for racing have not always been held to the same emissions standards as their roadgoing counterparts. This EPA document outlines exactly how the Clean Air Act applied to cars used exclusively for racing, as well as new cars the EPA and various automakers classify as "competition" models. Here, it was simply not allowed to modify cars that would be used for both competitive and recreational use.

"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 Chris Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA.
The EPA is expected to publish its final regulations in July. Scroll down to read SEMA's official statement

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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Wanted to pass this along.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/tell-epa-withdraw-its-proposal-prohibit-conversion-vehicles-racecars-0
We need to start getting with our congress men and women to try and deal with this. The EPA doesn't need a law to enact any of this, simply a desire and a lack of opposition.
The EPA is out of control and has been for a long time. This is just another example of their over reach. If we don't do something soon we might as well just hand them the keys to our cars so they can crush them.
 

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i can't express myself on this subject without extensive use of vulgarities!!!!!
Intercourse Big Brother! :secret:
 

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That's already in effect in Calif. you can't have engine performance parts shipped to Calif. Summit wouldn't ship the headers I wanted but the next guy did no questions asked and they came ups. WE THE PEOPLE have no control anymore in anything they want passed or elected if you haven't noticed!!!!!!!! No cure for Cancer HUMMMMMMM??????
 

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Water Fluoridation for all!
 

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The views of this commenter may be deemed too offensive and politically incorrect and since I don't want to be added to another government watch list,I will respectfully refrain to express my opinion about this subject matter at this time.:patriot:
 

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That's already in effect in Calif. you can't have engine performance parts shipped to Calif. Summit wouldn't ship the headers I wanted but the next guy did no questions asked and they came ups. WE THE PEOPLE have no control anymore in anything they want passed or elected if you haven't noticed!!!!!!!! No cure for Cancer HUMMMMMMM??????
..yeah ya can..it depends in what county you live in.!!:nanawrench:
 

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The EPA has problems of it's own ( Flint Michigan water fiasco was partly an EPA failure) without nit-picking so small a number of hobby cars.

I am a believer in containing bad stuff in the atmosphere, like cat converters on my work truck & family car though. A place for each application, so to speak...we still have to breath & drink this stuff...

Most environmental departments, state & Federal, have people that are somewhat radical in their ideas of keeping the air & water clean. That's just the way it is.

Writing your congressman may help curb the over enthusiastic EPA crazies..
 

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Just got this email from the Gainesville Raceway !

Breaking News: White House Responds to Racecar Petition.
Support for Congressional Bill More Important Than Ever—ACT NOW!

Earlier this year, the White House was flooded with nearly 170,000 signatures from racing enthusiasts and industry stakeholders concerned about an over-reaching regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Obama Administration’s “We the People Team” recently responded, noting that the EPA is still considering the proposed standards and that the issue is still in review. But we need to keep the pressure on Washington.

While the battle regarding the EPA proposal continues, the U.S. Congress has introduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, legislation which – if enacted into law – will ensure that street vehicles can continue to be modified for the race track. Even if the EPA removes the provision to prohibit the conversion of motor vehicles into racecars from its regulation, the RPM Act is the only way to guarantee that the practice of modifying street vehicles into dedicated racecars is protected not just today, but in the future as well.

Many legislators and government officials have voiced support for the RPM Act. However, many elected officials are still undecided. It is crucial that the entire racing community continues to send letters to their congressional lawmakers demanding support for the RPM Act.

Take a minute to visit www.sema.org/RPMAct to write your legislators.

Every letter counts!


https://www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond?utm_source=ET&utm_medium=email&utm_content=50964200&utm_campaign=RPM email response
 

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I signed an online petition Through summit and passed it on to all of my friends We need to take this country back and put an end to this kind of B/S!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I wonder,are our gov'ts putting pressure on the real polluters of the world,the huge ships the huff tons of hydrocarbons per day,commercial airliners,tons,China,India Pakistan,South America,tons per day.These countries aren't even regulated as how much crap they're huffin' out every minute.You don't hear much about that do we,why,because they are producing the junk they try to shove down our throats every day,yeah,lets all say it together now....for the money.That's all that truely matters to our illustrious leaders.that's my:twocents: and they aren't even worth that!
 
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