April 15, 2016
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it removed language from a proposed rule that would have expanded the EPA’s statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act to cover vehicles modified solely for racing or competition. Moving forward with this language would have put the rule in conflict with the intent of Congress under the Clean Air Act.
“I applaud the EPA for recognizing that Congress made it clear that vehicles used for racing purposes are not regulated under the Clean Air Act,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The EPA has listened to the concerns raised by attorneys general from across the country and will not move forward with attempting to regulate vehicles built or modified for racing purposes. This decision will help protect an industry that consumers have spent billions of dollars in, purchasing automotive specialty equipment parts and accessories.”
Rutledge and attorneys general from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia sent a letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy this month raising concern about the phrase contained in the rule, “used solely for competition,” which would have reversed a longstanding practice of the EPA not to regulate this industry.