Washington — Yes, it’s official, folks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to drop the proposed language from the new vehicle emissions restrictions after hearing an overwhelming response from the auto racing industry.
The standards that they proposed limited greenhouse gas emissions from medium and heavy duty engines and included pollution controls on such vehicles modified for racing. And yes, this included drag racing.
But, you racers spoke. Both racers and members of congress objected the proposal, saying that it would negatively impact any competition on tracks throughout the nation.
On Friday, EPA clarified that they never intended to impact race cars that were purposely built to compete in organized racing events. The agency said that they were actually attempting to apply a “clean air act” regulation on street cars that were modified to boost engine performance, to reduce pollution.
EPA has decided to delete that section from the final emissions rules after the confusion.