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Proposal to exempt sports from EPA regulations

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2022 | Environmental Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets rules that restrict the release of toxic gases from vehicles into the air. These rules and regulations are enforced on all vehicles that exist to restrict air pollution and global warming. To restrict the authority of the EPA, several individuals in California are attempting to pass laws to exempt sports racing participants.

Reductions in law

The EPA sets emissions standards for all vehicles that operate on public roads. An environmental law reduces the number of vehicles that emit excessive pollutants into the air. The EPA also considers the engines, fuels and add-on equipment that are installed to operate vehicles.

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is designed to eliminate the restrictions that are placed on racecar drivers. Sports racing drivers, who operate their vehicles under special circumstances, will no longer be required to abide by regular emissions standards. The proposed law was created partly to reduce the EPA’s authority.

EPA violations

The Clean Air Act sets emissions requirements for operating, maintaining and testing vehicles. Violating the law requires the owner to pay fines and make alternations to reduce emissions. Owners are fined from $25,000 up to $45,000 for every vehicle or engine that violates the law. They are charged approximately $4,500 for tampering or $45,000 a day for each reporting or recordkeeping violation.

There are electric-powered cars and other types of vehicles that are exempt from having to meet the EPA’s emissions regulations. The agency’s rules are in place to reduce the release of greenhouse gases and toxic fumes from vehicles. However, some bills have been proposed to extend the exemption to motorsports racers. Due to the popularity of sports racing, many proponents of the new bill want to see fewer EPA restrictions on their activities.