WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016, or RPM Act, which will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from cracking down on amateur race car mechanics and hobbyists.

The EPA is seeking to regulate vehicles used solely for competition through the Clean Air Act. This rule runs counter to existing law and congressional intent, and it would threaten the existence of amateur motorsports in the United States. The RPM Act will keep the Obama Administration from overreaching its regulatory powers.

“The EPA is again attempting to overstep its authority; this time to regulate one of our nation’s most beloved traditions - motorsports,” said Senator Capito, a member of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus. “From local tracks to family garages across the state, West Virginia’s passion for American motorsports runs deep. This legislation will put the brakes on an out of control EPA and protect racecar enthusiasts in West Virginia and nationwide.”

The RPM Act would prevent the EPA from cracking down on amateur race car mechanics and hobbyists, and reaffirms what Congress’ position has always been on the regulation of vehicles used solely for competitive purposes. A companion bill, H.R. 4715, was introduced in the House of Representatives this week.