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SERVICE STATION DEALERS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Service Station Dealers of America (SSDA), the voice of America's 50,000 independent gasoline retailers, announced yesterday that a lawsuit challenging the EPA vehicle inspection and maintenance (I&M) rule that threatens over 100,000 jobs in 25 states was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
 SSDA General Counsel Jim Daskal stated, "This issue presents a perfect opportunity to prove Vice-President-elect Gore's point that environmental protection does not have to cost jobs and otherwise adversely affect the economy.' Unfortunately, this rule, as illegally promulgated, fails miserably." Dealer associations in greater New York, California, New Jersey, Michigan, and Texas as well as the National Auto Dealers Association have joined the suit because tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment will be lost if the rule is allowed to stand.
 The SSDA had been supporting strong enhanced I&M programs long before it became fashionable to do so, calling for such programs in Congressional testimony since the mid-1980s.
 The EPA rule would mandate a costly, consumer unfriendly centralized system based on unproved, foreign-made "IM 240" systems. The EPA has gone further and has tried to prevent states, such as Virginia and California, from adopting systems that promise to provide equal or greater environmental protection at a fraction of the cost of the EPA-invented system. These systems, as opposed to the EPA's, can be implemented without harming small business and consumers.
 The suit seeks to enjoin enforcement of the rule, and to prevent EPA from telling states, as opposed to the EPA's, can be implemented without harming small business and consumers.
 The suit seeks to enjoin enforcement of the rule, and to prevent EPA from telling states that they do not have flexibility in designing enhanced I&M programs. The associations also allege that the rule constitutes an unconstitutional taking of dealers' property without just compensation.
 Daskal concluded that the rule would "Rob Peter to Pay Paul," as crippled dealers would be unable to invest in new storage tanks or other costly environmental initiatives.
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 /CONTACT: Mel Sherbert, 703-548-4736; or Jim Daskal, 202-895-1650, or 301-261-8880, both of SSDA/


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