Just a coincidence and an opportunity to get my two cent's worth in, I sent this out a few days ago (I have deleted my real name and address as I get enough mail that makes ticking sounds).<P>*******<BR>Dear Administrator Borushko,<P>Re: Off-Road Vehicles and Engines; Docket No. A-2000-01<P>I urge you to strengthen a proposed new regulation addressing air emissions from vehicles such as snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), dirtbikes, inboard boats, and small industrial and airport equipment. The proposed regulation fails to fully protect the health of off-road vehicle and engine users, other recreationalists, and the environment from the pollutants these machines emit.<P>I believe the proposed regulation should do the following three things:<P>1) Set emission caps on individual engines, rather than setting a cap on the aggregate of engine emissions. By setting caps on individual engines, vehicle and engine manufacturers will have to quickly phase out the archaic two-stroke engine in favor of the much cleaner and efficient four-stroke engine. <P>2) Establish a nation-wide labeling vehicle and engine program, similar to the state of California's. Labeling engines based on pollution emissions will encourage consumers to purchase engines that emit less pollution. Such buying practices signal engine manufacturers to build less polluting products.<P>3) Address noise pollution. Noise pollution has been determined to be harmful to humans, wildlife and the environment.<P>While I commend the EPA for focusing attention on this important health issue, the final rule must effectively phase out the two-stroke engine in all vehicles. The two-stroke engine is dirty, outdated, inefficient and emits pollution that harms ORV users, other recreationalists, and the environment.<P>Please consider this my official public comment. Thank You.
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