09-15-2003

03NR31 - MRF Distributes EPA Story Via National Wire Service

MRF E-MAIL NEWS
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)

September 15, 2003

#03NR31 - MRF Distributes EPA Story Via National Wire Service

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) distributed news about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) answer to Congressmen Shimkus (R-Illinois) and Strickland (D-Ohio) via USNewswire this morning. This national wire service distribution was made possible thanks to the generous donations last year of the MRF's partners in the EPA fight. The MRF would once again like to thank those organizations and individuals whose donations made possible the "Vaughn Study" and news alerts such as the one sent this morning.

The MRF has argued for more than three years that the EPA's proposed emissions regulations for street motorcycles will have an extremely negative impact on small businesses such as aftermarket parts manufacturers and small-volume motorcycle makers. Subsequently, American Motorcycle Dealer Magazine (AMD) warned those small businesses in its July '03 issue of PRO-GUIDE #3 - AFTERMARKET EXHAUSTS about the serious implications of this proposed rule.

In an article written by AMD Editor Richard Burton that appeared on pages 4 & 5 of the AMD PRO-GUIDE #3, Mr. Burton warns, "Unfortunately, the EPA's proposals pose a threat to the much-relied on aftermarket, as well as the vast cottage industry of other small businesses involved with the v-twin sector, including small-volume bike manufacturers." To view Mr. Burton's article in its entirety, visit the MRF website at www.mrf.org/epa.php.

Naturally, the EPA's proposed street bike emissions regulations will be a hot topic at this year's MRF Meeting of the Minds, which will begin later this week in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is not too late to register to attend this annual conference. In fact, you can register by either calling the MRF office today at 202-546-0983 or on-site beginning Thursday, September 18, 2003. If you are unable to attend, you can still listen in on general discussions about the EPA, health care discrimination, and the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century via INBRadio through live broadcasts by visiting www.inbradio.com.

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