EPA Removes Emission Language for RacersPosted by: Xavier Kwan onApril 18th, 2016
A few months ago, EPA caused a huge ruckus amongst SEMA and racing enthusiasts. The EPA originally had language in their greenhouse gas emission law that prohibited the modification of vehicles even if they are solely used for competition and never to be used on the road.
The details deep in the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2 law included a provision where “Certified motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines and their emission control devices must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become nonroad vehicles or engines.” This did not sit well with many as the EPA has historically always left the motorsport industry alone. The EPA recently made a statement saying that they fully support motorsports and the major contribution it makes as an industry in the US.
With the language now removed from the Greenhouse Gas Emission law, the motorsport industry and the folks over at SEMA no longer have anything to worry about. However, this removal of this language only takes the target off of the motorsport industry, and not aftermarket companies who manufacture parts for on road vehicles.