California will soon ban the manufacture of new gas-powered leaves and the sale of lawn mowers, a move aimed at preventing emissions from the category of small engines to produce more pollution than passenger vehicles each year.
Government Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a new law ordering state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered appliances using small off-road engines, a broad category including generators. , Lawn equipment and pressure washers.
The California Air Resources Board has already begun working on a principle, a long process that will end early next year. But Newsom, a law signed Saturday, dispelled any doubts, ordering the agency to implement the new rule by January 1, 2024, or “as soon as possible” as regulators decide, whichever is later.
Will Barrett, director of clean air advocacy at the American Lung Association in Government California, said the signing of the Newsom (this law) really means not only its commitment to zero emissions but also to clean and healthy lungs. Sets a strong path for
The law, written by Democratic Assemblyman Mark Berman, is part of an aggressive strategy to reduce pollution in the country’s most populous state. California is the only state that has the authority to control air quality in this way, part of a waiver introduced in federal law in the 1970s. Although other states cannot make their own rules, they can choose to follow California’s lead.
Last year, California regulators approved the first of its kind to force carmakers to sell more electric work trucks and delivery vans. Also last year, Newsom ordered regulators to ban the sale of all new gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035 – a date accepted by some of the world’s largest carmakers.
The state of California has more than 16.7 million of these small engines, about 3 million more than the number of passenger cars on the road. California was the first government in the world to adopt these small engine emissions standards in 1990.
Now, state officials say the one-hour gas-powered leaf maker emits the same amount of pollution as the 2017 Toyota Camry from Los Angeles to Denver, about 1,100 miles (1). , 770 km).
Law Newsom has also ordered signed regulators to allow people to change their equipment, a move aimed at landscape businesses that frequently use the machines. The state budget, approved earlier this year, includes 30 30 million for the effort.