EPA Rescinds Rule Targeting Aftermarket Racing Equipment After Ryan Speaks Out Against Proposal

Apr 19, 2016 Issues: Environment

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan is proud to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed a rule that would do serious harm to Summit Racing, a locally-based company, and other manufacturers and retailers of aftermarket racing parts. Ryan believes that vehicles manufactured for, modified for, or utilized in organized motorized racing events would not be encompassed by the Clean Air Act’s definition of “motor vehicle” and applauds this rule change.

“I remain a strong supporter of the EPA and believe wholeheartedly that we need rules to protect our nation from harmful pollutants that can threaten our health and welfare if left unchecked. In this case, however, I believe the EPA went too far. That’s why I spoke out publicly against the proposed rule recently during a visit to Summit Racing in Tallmadge, and it’s why I cosponsored legislation to force the EPA to end their unfair enforcement against aftermarket racing suppliers. Summit Racing and other companies in Ohio and elsewhere would be negatively affected if this had been allowed to continue. The EPA did the right thing by overturning this shortsighted rule and recognizing the serious harm that would have been made to communities like ours who have a long history of motor racing, but I will continue to urge my colleagues to pass legislation to prevent this from happening again.” said Congressman Ryan.

Congressman Tim Ryan cosponsored H.R. 4715, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act of 2016, to ensure that the conversion of automobiles into racecars used exclusively at the track may continue.

Highlights from Congressman Ryan’s visit to Summit Racing can be found here.