Race Cars at Center of EPA Fight

The latest front in the fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s power: race cars.

Republicans are taking aim at a recently re-written rule, which they say could lead tot he EPA subjecting amateur racing to the Clean Air Act.

“Agency officials buried this new provision in a proposed rule on emissions standards for medium and heavy duty trucks–a regulation that is unrelated to vehicles that are modified for racing” said House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith during a subcommittee hearing on the topic Tuesday Morning.

“Congress never intended the Clean Air Act to apply to these vehicles, and the law is clear on this point” Smith added.

“This overreach has the potential to result in billions of dollars in enforcement penalties, simply for the production of items that have been legally used by amateur racers for years” Smith added.

For their part, Democrats insist the EPA does not–and never intended–to subject amateur racing to the standards of the Clean Air Act.

“For reasons known only to them, the Majority did not seek a briefing from the EPA on this topic” said the Committee’s Ranking Member, Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, adding “I wish we would routinely attempt to actually understand the issues we look in to fully from all perspectives.”

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