California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a law directing regulators to completely ban the sale of new gas -powered lawn equipment
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California will soon ban the sale of new gas -powered leaf blades and lawn mowers, a move aimed at curbing emissions from a category of small machines that can quickly produce more. more pollution per year than passenger vehicles.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Saturday ordering state regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment using small off-road engines, a broad category with includes generators, lawn equipment and pressure washers.
The California Air Resources Board has already begun working on a rule to do so, a lengthy process scheduled to end early next year. But the law signed by Newsom on Saturday removes any doubt, mandating the agency to apply the new rule by Jan. 1, 2024, or once regulators determine “feasible,” whichever date is later.
“Gov. .Newsom sign (this law) really sets a strong course that is not only its commitment to moving to zero emissions but also to cleaner air and healthier lungs, ”said Will Barrett, director of clean air advocacy for the American Lung Association in California.
The law, written by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Berman, is part of an aggressive strategy to reduce pollution in the nation’s most populous state. California is the only state with the authority to control air quality in this way, part of an exception carved into federal law in the 1970s. While other states may not enforce their own regulations, they may choose to follow California’s leadership.
Last year, California regulators approved the first type of rule to force automakers 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 that has since been accepted by some of the world’s largest automakers. .
California has more than 16.7 million of these small machines in the state, nearly 3 million more than the number of passenger cars on the road. California was the first government in the world to use emission standards for these small engines in 1990. But since then, the emissions of cars have improved significantly compared to smaller engines.
Today, state officials say operating a leaf-powered gas blower for an hour emits the same amount of pollution as driving a 2017 Toyota Camry from Los Angeles to Denver, with a distance that approximately 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers).
The law signed by Newsom also mandates regulators to offer rebates for people to replace their equipment, a move aimed at landscaping businesses that use these machines more often. The state budget, approved earlier this year, includes $ 30 million to pay for this effort.