Council Criticized EPA Regulations For Motorcycle Emissions

by Council on Wage and Price Stability on December 10, 1975
by Council on Wage and Price Stability

The Council on Wage and Price Stability today sharply criticized recently proposed regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency to establish uniform pollutant emission standards for new motorcycles. The Council’s criticisms were based on three points:

* substantial evidence that motorcycle emissions are not now and would not become a problem sufficient to require nationwide regulation in the public interest;

* substantial evidence, based on EPA’s own data, that the proposed uniform standard would not be as cost-effective for motorcycles as the equivalent standards have been for automobiles and other pollution sources;

* substantial evidence that the proposed standard, by driving up sharply the costs of regulated motorcy1ces, would act to divert consumer purchases to other types of motorbikes which are exempt from the Clean Air Act and hence the proposed regulations.

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