EPA Not Concerned with Racers

Feb. 15, 2016

Feb. 15, 2016—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleared up rumors that it was threatening to ban modified street cars, according to a report by Automotive News.

The EPA responded by saying that a new ban was not being proposed and that the modifications mentioned have always been banned under the Clean Air Act. The EPA is not concerned about the emissions of race cars but about keeping all cars on the road free of modifications that would neuter their emissions controls.

The EPA’s proposal seeks that add language to a “prohibited acts” section of existing regulations saying certified motor vehicles and their emissions components “must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become nonroad vehicles or engines,” according to the report.

"The EPA remains primarily concerned with cases where the tampered vehicle is used on public roads, and more specifically with aftermarket manufacturers who sell devices that defeat emission-control systems on vehicles used on public roads," said Laura Allen, the EPA’s deputy press secretary, reported Automotive News.

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