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California Bans Gas-powered Leaf Blowers, Lawn Mowers

Thomas Catenacci

A California environmental regulator has approved a measure banning new purchases of small all-terrain engines including leaf blowers and lawn mowers starting in 2024.

The measure will also affect portable generators and recreational vehicle engines, which need to meet “more stringent standards” by 2024 and zero-emissions standards by 2028, the Natural Resources Committee said. California Air Force (CARB) announced Thursday.

The vote is part of the state’s aggressive climate program and aims to achieve a “zero-emissions future” as state by executive order Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed in September 2020.

“Today’s action by Council addresses these small but highly polluting engines. This is an important step towards improving air quality in the state, and will no doubt help us meet stringent federal air quality standards,” CARB President Liane Randolph said in a statement. declare. “It would also essentially eliminate exposure to toxic fumes for equipment operators and anyone nearby.”

The board said residents and businesses will be allowed to continue using old and used equipment after 2024 but that new products need to be carbon-free.

According to CARB, the engines regulated by this measure are the main emitters and, irregularly, they are on track to double the amount of smoke generated by passenger cars in 10 years. Leaf blowers emit more in an hour than a car does in 1,100 miles.

Overall, the agency expects the measure to reduce “smoke-generating” emissions by 72 tons per day.

“New sales will begin to drive the transition to much cleaner and quieter equipment,” said Bill Magavern, policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air, told Los Angeles Times. “That would be a huge health improvement for workers using the equipment and for exposed residents, as well as everyone in the area because smog is really a problem for the area. .”

However, landscaping businesses and industry groups oppose the measure, arguing that the new equipment will be a large additional cost, according to the Times. One estimate says a three-person landscaping team would need 30-40 rechargeable batteries to power their work each day.

“The cost of switching would be huge and could kill my small business,” said Elizabeth Burns, president of a landscaping business in Torrance, California.

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