California Cracks Down On Small Engines
The U.S. EPA has granted California a waiver that will allow the state to require the use of catalytic aftertreatment systems on small gasoline engines used in lawn mowers and other small equipment as of Jan. 1., U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-Calif.) jointly announced. It is estimated that 7% of
“This is a giant step forward for
The EPA’s action ended several years of political dispute. Republican Sen. Kit Bond, whose state of
Bond backed off under pressure from Feinstein, but he did succeed in preventing other states from being able to copy
“The emission standards we are considering would reduce smog-forming pollutants from lawn mowers by over 40% when fully implemented,'' said Bill Wehrum, EPA acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. “EPA approved the
The California Air Resources Board, which passed the mower emissions rule three years ago but couldn't enforce it pending the EPA waiver, welcomed the news as key in developing clean air plans. “We're really having to struggle to find enough reductions to achieve the air quality standards, so if you take away a piece that's this big, it would probably permanently handicap us,'' said Tom Cackette, the agency's deputy executive officer.