Members of the motorsports industry are wondering why the government has adopted a rule virtually eliminating a key constituency â€“ and possibly thousands of jobs â€“ while at the same time developing a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus that supporters say is intended to create and protect employment.
At issue is a new federal regulation of lead that took effect just this month. The policy has virtually shut down the part of the motorsports industry that serves children under 12 who want to ride all-terrain vehicles and motorbikes, because some components of the machines â€“ such as tire valve stems â€“ contain lead.
“You’ve got a lot of kids involved in this,” Don Amador, western representative for the the Blue Ribbon Commission, told WND today. “But ATVs, dirt bikes have batteriesÂ Â in them, components that use lead inside the valve stems on tires, lead in the electronic wiring, lead on battery terminals.” …Â More info