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Gov't Researcher: EPA Had Never Permitted, Prohibited Racecar Conversions

Posted March 24, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Clean Air Act EPA fuel motorsports

In a hearing on the recently introduced bill crafted to exempt competition vehicles from the Clean Air Act, a government researcher called to testify noted that the issue boils down to a "difference in interpretation" between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Specialty Equipment Market Association and that, before last year, the EPA had never explicitly addressed the concept of race cars built from street cars.

Brent Yacobucci, an energy researcher with the Congressional Research Service, said Tuesday that his agency turned up no documentation from the EPA before 2015 that "explicitly stated that motor vehicles converted to racing were not eligible for exemption" from the Clean Air Act. "However, nor can the CRS identify any provisions in the act or regulations which would explicitly allow for a motor vehicle to be reclassified" into a non-road vehicle exempt from emissions laws, he said.

Sooo...what does that mean for the Clean Air Act and motorsports?

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03/24/2016 10:33 AM

I suppose now we''ll have to reexamine sports for exemption from assaults because of purposeful contact....or we'll start seeing football players suing for damages....wait

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03/24/2016 3:27 PM

So, what we have here is a solution in search of a problem.

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03/24/2016 3:59 PM

I certainly hope the Congress can clarify this so the EPA doesn't just start throwing its weight around on the whims of some bureaucrat.

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03/24/2016 4:32 PM

We need a Car Czar....

Well he has no qualifications, so I guess he's good...

http://jalopnik.com/5192264/who-the-hell-is-ed-montgomery

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03/24/2016 4:40 PM

Qualifications? Qualifications?

He don't need no sssstinking qualifications!

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03/24/2016 5:00 PM

Would you be so very kind to show me your EPA certificate plees

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03/25/2016 9:43 AM

certificates? CERTIFICATES!?

We Don't Need No Stinking Certificates!

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03/24/2016 8:45 PM

All the qualifications issues aside, why in the 'ell do we need a Director for Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers? The auto crisis is over. Thank the 'car czars' for their service and show them the door. The jobs issue is something altogether different that is already addressed by HUD, DoL, etc.

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