Agency backtracks following public pressure.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is backtracking from a controversial proposal which many feared would ban street-to-race-car conversions.

Originally presented in June 2015, the proposed rule was tucked inside a larger 629-page proposal designed to limit carbon emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

The proposal went largely unnoticed until the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) bought it to the attention of drivers, businesses, and the press. Shortly thereafter, the EPA clarified its position by saying it only wanted to prevent companies from selling parts and accessories that disable a vehicle's emission system.

The attempt to clarify the issue fell on deaf ears as the agency was inundated with angry messages from people protesting the proposed rule.  Several members of Congress also raised a fuss as three representatives from the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a letter stating “We remain doubtful that this proposed policy change complies with Congressional intent, which we believe is to exempt racing vehicles from the Clean Air Act’s provisions."

The intense pressure has finally gotten to the agency as the EPA has confirmed it has "decided to eliminate the proposed language from the final rule.”

Source: Automotive News

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