03-27-2003

03NR09 - Happy Small Business Month from the EPA?

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
March 17, 2003

#03NR09 - Happy Small Business Month from the EPA?

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters who helped pay not only for the MRF-Vaughn Economic Impact Study, but also for publicizing its results, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will be able to issue the following press release through U.S. Newswire later this evening. This is the fourth in a series of press releases the MRF intends to send out over the wire regarding the MRF-Vaughn study.

EPA: Happy Small Business Month or Bon Voyage To Motorcycle Small Businesses?

Washington, D.C. - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christine Whitman announced last week that March is "Small Business Month," an effort aimed in part to "understand the operations and needs of small businesses."

"With their final rule on highway motorcycle emissions potentially weeks away, the EPA's message seems more like 'bon voyage' to small business," said Tom Wyld, Vice President of Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF).

In proposing to adopt future California standards as future U.S. standards, the EPA ignored the dramatic 7.7% reduction in motorcycle registrations in California from 1996 to 2001 - a time when motorcycling increased 32.2 percent in the other 49 states, according to "An Economic Analysis of the EPA's Proposed Emission Standards for On-Highway Motorcycles" prepared by Garrett A. Vaughn, Ph.D. The study, which sharply criticizes the EPA's proposals, can be viewed in its entirety at www.mrf.org.

Moreover, Dr. Vaughn's study found that the EPA did not meet its obligations under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), in part because it never considered the economic impacts of its rulemaking "on tens of thousands of small businesses" in the U.S., particularly the aftermarket and independent shops - the smallest of the small volume motorcycle makers in America.

The EPA's look at more sizable small-volume makers was no better.

In early 2001, the EPA sent out fact sheets and held meetings and conference calls with some "small entities potentially impacted by the regulations," which led up to a pre-panel briefing for potential "Small Entity Representatives" (SER) on April 17, 2001. Only one SER chose to participate. "The one SER who participated was asked what he thought about the possibility of using three-way catalyst systems [and responded] that there were several problems with this technology...and expressed concern over...cost estimates.... [He] indicated that, if the Federal emissions limit...were lowered to [what the EPA proposed] he would make the business decision to exit the market. In his estimation, the development costs would be too high." (For the complete report, see http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/nonroad/proposal/r01049.pdf.)

"In an uncertain economy marred by fuel concerns and traffic congestion, it is irresponsible to sacrifice jobs and the vehicle that conserves fuel and breaks gridlock, all for a reduction in emissions that will not even be realized," Wyld said.

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