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Court’s Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts; SEMA Urges Congress to Ban E15  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to grant a partial waiver for 15% ethanol (E15) content in gasoline for ’01 and newer model-year cars and light trucks.

California Bill to Create Legacy License Plate Program Moves to Governor

SEMA has joined with the Association of California Car Clubs and other state enthusiast groups to support legislation that would establish the California Legacy License Plate Program.

Have You Registered to Vote in the November Election?

This year’s election is the most important in recent memory. The current political landscape holds an uncertain future for members of both parties, as control of the House of Representatives, Senate and White House are in the balance. On November 6, voters will head to the polls to elect the President of the United States, 435 members of the U.S. House, 31 U.S. Senators, 12 governors and thousands of state and local leaders.

Court's Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to grant a partial waiver for 15% ethanol (E15) content in gasoline for 2001 and newer model year cars and light trucks.  The court found that the groups bringing the lawsuit, which included trade associations representing manufacturers of cars, boats and power equipment, along with the petroleum and food industries, lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2012

Contact: Della Domingo
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dellad@sema.org

Court's Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts
SEMA Urges Congress to Ban E15

Feds Approve SEMA-Endorsed Salt Replenishment Program for Bonneville Salt Flats

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved a final Environmental Assessment (EA) for replenishing salt to the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) as potash is mined on adjoining lands.

SEMA Member Appointed to Board of California Small Business Association

Ernie Silvers, CEO/president of SEMA member Egge Machine Co. Inc., has joined the board of the California Small Business Association (CSBA). As a new board member, Silvers will play a vital role in representing the needs of CSBA members and the millions of small businesses throughout California.

Auto Industry Collides Over Federal Crash Parts Legislation

A U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill that would allow companies to market collision-repair parts without infringing a design patent once a vehicle has been marketed for two-and-a-half years. Under current law, a design patent covers the ornamental design for an object having practical utility for a 14-year term. 

Massachusetts Bill to Ban the Use/Sale of Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Assigned to Study 

A bill to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emissions of any vehicle including motorcycles” has been assigned for study.

North Carolina Bill to Exempt Newer Cars from Emissions Inspection Signed Into Law  

SEMA-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles three years old and newer was signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue.

Steele Rubber's Matt Agosta Appointed to North Carolina Vehicle Classification Review Committee  

SEMA-member Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products has been appointed to serve on the North Carolina DMV’s Vehicle Classification Review Committee. The committee was established to include a SEMA representative pursuant to the 2009 enactment into law of SEMA-model legislation creating vehicle registration classifications for street rods, replicas and custom vehicles. 
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