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California sets date to ban new gas-powered generators, lawnmowers, leaf blowers

California environmental regulators have set a date to halt the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers and lawnmowers, the latest move in the state’s efforts to address pollution and reduce emissions.

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday voted to require that new, small off-road engines – like the ones found in leaf blowers and lawn mowers – meet zero-emission standards starting in 2024. In addition, portable generators, including those found in recreational vehicles, must be zero-emission by 2028.

“Today’s action by the Board addresses these small but highly polluting engines. It is a significant step towards improving air quality in the state, and will definitely help us meet stringent federal air quality standards,” CARB Chair Liane Randolph said in a statement. “It will also essentially eliminate exposure to harmful fumes for equipment operators and anyone nearby.”

The requirements will apply to new equipment manufactured after 2024, meaning Californians who currently own gasoline-powered equipment will still be allowed to operate it even after the requirement kicks in. In addition, older models on store shelves can still be purchased even if they are gasoline-powered, according to CARB.
-By The Center Square Staff