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EPA Illegal Coal Rolling: Exhaust-Spewing Practice Is a No-No

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 06:12 PM

The new trend of "coal rolling," or rigging diesel trucks to spew more black exhaust, has been called illegal by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA press secretary Liz Purchia told Talking Points Memo that "the short answer is this is illegal."

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She pointed to the EPA’s website, which spells out requirements of the Clean Air Act:

“It is a violation of the [Clean Air Act] to manufacture, sell, or install a part for a motor vehicle that bypasses, defeats, or renders inoperative any emission control device.

“The CAA prohibits anyone from tampering with an emission control device on a motor vehicle by removing it or making it inoperable prior to or after the sale or delivery to the buyer.”

Coal rolling has sprung up as a form of protest against environmental efforts to lower carbon emissions. The cost to modify the vehicles to roll coal ranges from $500 to $5,000, according to WSBTV.

Coal rollers can channel the soot through smoke stacks and onto people nearby.

An article by Vocativ last month drew attention to the trend.

“The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal,” Ryan, a high school student who works at a diesel garage told Vocativ. “I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me.”

Twitter users welcomed the idea that rolling coal is illegal.







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