Description: Challenge to greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles.
Racing Enthusiasts & Suppliers Coalition v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/12/2022 Opinion Download Petition for review dismissed. D.C. Circuit Dismissed Aftermarket Car Products Association’s Challenge to 2016 Greenhouse Gas Standards. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that it did not have jurisdiction to consider challenges brought by an association representing makers and sellers of aftermarket car products to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2016 final rule on greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. The association’s claims focused on aspects of the final rule that the association believed would curtail longstanding practices of modifying the emissions systems of cars as part of converting them to race cars, which they argue no longer qualify as “motor vehicles.” The court found that the association did not have standing to challenge either “merely cosmetic” amendments limiting the exemption for dedicated competition vehicles to “nonroad engines/equipment” or the expansion of the regulatory definition of “motor vehicle.” In addition, the court concluded that language in the preamble could not be challenged because it was not final agency action. 07/19/2022 Letter Download Letter filed by EPA in response to supplemental authority (Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA). 07/12/2022 Letter Download Petitioner filed notice of supplemental authority (Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA). 02/23/2022 Brief Download Answering brief filed by EPA. 12/23/2021 Brief Download Opening brief filed by petitioner. 12/23/2021 Brief Download Opening brief filed by petitioner. 12/06/2021 Order Download Motion to lift abeyance and set a briefing schedule granted. D.C. Circuit Lifted Abeyance in Challenge to 2016 Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles. On December 6, 2021, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted petitioners’ motion to lift the abeyance in their case challenging the Obama administration’s 2016 standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. The petitioners described their challenge as related to EPA’s “assertions in the Rule that individuals who modify certain vehicles and/or engines for off-road racing/competition purposes or that manufacturers of parts for these individuals and companies could be considered in violation of the Clean Air Act.” The petitioners asked that the abeyance be lifted and a briefing schedule set because there was no longer a reasonable prospect that they would settle the matter. EPA did not oppose the motion. 11/23/2021 Motion Download Unopposed motion to lift abeyance and set a briefing schedule filed by petitioner. 09/27/2021 Status Report Download Respondents' status report filed. 12/26/2019 Order Download Proceeding severed from Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, Inc. v. EPA, No. 16-1430, and abeyance continued pending further order of the court. 12/27/2016 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed.