CA law banning new gas-powered lawn equipment aims to curb pollution
California became the first state in the country to ban the sale of gas leaf blowers and lawnmowers to reduce emissions, and the move faced both positive feedback and frustration. A new law signed on Saturday gives regulators a small off-road engine (SORE). It’s a broad category, including generators, lawn equipment, and pressure washers, but it’s made up of a type of slow-paced engine that produces more pollution each year than passenger cars. A new law banning sales (not used) will begin in 2024. BrettWarner General Manager of Capitol Ace Hardware at Sacramento, offering both electric and gas landscaping equipment. He said he knew about the imminent changes for several months and felt ready for the changes. “It’s a little frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Werner said. “Selling products that sell and keep moving forward,” Werner noted the growth of battery-powered equipment in recent years. Lorena Gonzalez, a lawmaker who co-authored the bill, said the bill wasn’t just about environmental issues. She cited health issues such as asthma that put workers using these machines at risk. “It’s time to phase out these super-pollutants and help small landscaping projects move to cleaner alternatives,” Gonzales said. According to the latest figures from the California Department of Air Resources, SORE equipment is a source of significant carbon emissions and air pollution. Driving a gas leaf blower for an hour is equivalent to driving 1,100 miles. Driving an hour on a gas lawn is equivalent to driving 300 miles. California has more than 16.7 million of these small engines, and about 3 million more than that, California was the first government in the world to adopt emission standards for these small engines in 1990. But since then, car emissions have improved significantly compared to smaller engines. Another co-author, Congressman Mark Berman, a legislator, said he had secured a $ 30 million incentive fund in the state budget to help the landscaping business move to zero-emission equipment. You probably think gas-powered equipment is more powerful, “Werner said. The California Department of Air Resources has already begun work on the rules to do this and is a long process to be completed early next year. However, Governor Gavin Newsom’s law, signed on Saturday, cleared the suspicion by January 1, 2024, or by the later date immediately after the regulatory agency determined it was “feasible.” I ordered the agency to apply the new rules. — The Associated Press contributed to this report.
California became the first state in the country to ban the sale of gas leaf blowers and lawnmowers to reduce emissions. This move faced both positive feedback and frustration.
A new law signed on Saturday requires regulators to ban the sale of small off-road engines (SORE). It’s a broad category, including generators, lawn equipment, and pressure washers, but it’s made up of…