13 February 2001

EPA CLARIFIES PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

RIDERS GET MORE TIME TO FILE COMMENTS

Washington, D.C. The intense response from the motorcycling community generated in large measure by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to communicate with MRF and clarify its schedule for proposed rulemaking on new emissions standards for street motorcycles.

The practical upshot? Motorcycle riders now have more time to file public comments and more time to inform other riders -- especially the small business community -- and get them involved.

Among the points of clarification made by EPA:

1. The deadline for the proposed rule is 14 September 2001, and EPA will considercomments and data [the agency receives] throughout [its] development of the proposed rule.

2. Under the consent decree which, again, impacts off-road, not street, motorcycles the “final rule would follow a year later, with at least one public hearing and additional opportunities for public comment after the publication of the proposed rule and before development of the final rule.[EPA anticipates] working with stakeholders throughout the rule development process, and anyone can join the debate at any time in the coming months.

3. EPA also told MRF: Any action we take regarding highway motorcycles is not tied to the consent decree timeline, adding that the agency would consider putting street bikes on a schedule separate from that for off-road bikes. The call to action is clear -- motorcyclists nationwide should take full advantage of this new opportunity:

1. If you haven’t submitted your public comments, do so:

a. BY MAIL. Send paper copies of written comments (in duplicate if possible) to:Margaret BorushkoU.S. EPANational Vehicle and Fuels Emission Laboratory2000 Traverwood, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

b. VIA E-MAIL. E-mail comments to: : nranprm@epa.gov.

2. If you haven’t written to your Congressman and U.S. Senators, do so. Simply provide them a copy of your public comment.

3. Provide this alert to riders, dealers and custom shops in your area. Don’t forget sport-bike riders: they have as much to lose as cruiser riders. Review with them all MRF materials on the issue, and urge that they get involved by providing their comments to EPA and to their Congressman and U.S. Senators.

4. In all correspondence, refer to Docket A-2000-01, the "Control of Emissions From Non-road Large Spark Ignition Engines, Recreational Engines (Marine and Land-Based), and Highway Motorcycles."

The following is a summary statement of MRF’s public comment on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM); MRF’s complete response is available at www.mrf.org:

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes strongly that the EPA should refrain from pursuing rulemaking to establish more stringent emissions standards for street motorcycles. Our shared objective of cleaner air is already being met with new motorcycles certifying far below the 5.0 g/km Hydrocarbon national standard. Rather than saddle it with new requirements that could devastate small business, the EPA should commend the motorcycle industry for its market-based performance in achieving lower overall emissions output. In our view, even non-attainment areas would suffer from a more stringent national standard for street bikes, as the barely perceptible gains in pollution reduction would not be realized. Finding losses in performance and personal freedom unacceptable, riders would rely on machines using older technology , or worse turn to the least efficient and most costly personal motorized transport available the automobile. In short, motorcyclists who would be otherwise inclined to ride to work would drive instead. In so doing, these lost riders would make more inefficient use of fuel, create more gridlock and add to already protracted commuting time. Shifting the entire nation to a more stringent standard by following the dubious lead of California would be an unnecessary, inappropriate action that would hike costs for all consumers, limit the freedom of individual motorcyclists, complicate traffic congestion, and damage if not destroy many small businesses in our American motorcycling community without having an appreciable, positive impact on clean air.

In our public comment, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation asserted that the proposed EPA action should be considered a "major rule under federal law" and that the Regulatory Flexibility Act is germane. In essence, this means that, in addition to review by Congress, EPA should empanel a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel. MRF has requested that it be named to that panel.

Download the MRF public comment MS Word Document:
MRF ANPRM COMMENT FINAL.doc

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