02NR33 - MRF Launches Economic Impact Study of Proposed EPA Highway Motorcycle Rule
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Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
December 11, 2002
#02NR33 - MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY OF PROPOSED EPA HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE RULE
Backed solely by donations and pledges received in the last few days, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) announced today the launch of a major study on the economic impact of the highway motorcycle emissions standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The study will be completed by December 31, 2002 - in time for incorporation into public comments on the EPA's proposed rule by the MRF and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) nationwide.
"A competent economic analysis is an indispensable tool in tackling the EPA threat," said Nathan "Buck" Kittredge, MRF President. "We will use this study not only in the regulatory process but also in any legislative remedy we seek in the 108th Congress that convenes in January 2003."
The MRF selected Dr. Garrett Vaughn to conduct the study. An economist, Dr. Vaughn studied the EPA's proposed off-road emissions rule last year for the Mercatus Center, which is the education, research and outreach organization at George Mason University.
"The purpose of the study is to test whether the EPA has supported its highway motorcycle rule with an economic benefit-cost analysis as required by Executive Order 12866," said Tom Wyld, MRF Vice President for Government Relations. "Among other issues, Dr. Vaughn will check the EPA's estimates and look into the cost of the rule - not only to riders, but to the vast network of small motorcycle businesses from the aftermarket and independent shops to small-volume motorcycle makers and franchised dealers."
Dr. Vaughn will also look at California - inspiration for EPA's tough emissions standards - and seek to answer a simple question: what factors caused the depression of motorcycle registrations in California at a time when motorcycling skyrocketed in 49 other states?
"The high cost of this important study is being born by riders alone," Buck Kittredge added. "For the MRF and our supporters across the country, this is an unplanned budget requirement. Yet, in the last few days, riders and SMROs stepped forward to help the MRF do what's necessary and right, and we thank them all for digging deep and contributing."
The MRF and SMROs nationwide urge you to contribute to this important effort. Simply mail a check for your donation made payable to the MRF at P.O. Box 1808, Washington, DC 20013. Please mark your check, "FREEDOM FIGHTER - EPA STUDY."
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