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Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

4 comments to “California Throttles Down Pollution from Small Engines”

  1. seguefisch

    I’m for an outright ban. What about noise pollution and air quality in the vicinity? The dust that leaf blowers kick up can be truly toxic and truly horrendous. Lawnmowers? Gee it would be nice if someone could make those things quieter! And what are Californians doing with lawns in the first place? It’s a desert!

  2. Leslie Nelson Inman

    Excellent information. We need these machines out of our yards, gardens and cities as soon as possible. Not only for air quality, but for sanity. They roam the streets of Atlanta, Georgia with NO restrictions. No one is questioning or even having a conversation about the omnipresent leaf blower and edger gangs that have taken over our neighorhoods. We have so little nature left… and then whatever green spaces we do have left we are manicuring them within an inch of their lives and leaving no peace for the nature-loving people, the birds and the wildlife.

  3. Alan Kandel

    In the case of leaf blowers, an outright ban on such for uses outside of leaf blowing would do much and go far to remove pollutants from the air. In terms of incentivizing use of outdoor vacuums, would that be going too far in terms of asking for as much? I don’t think so.

    As for my own lawn-grooming history, I swapped my internal-combustion-engine-powered lawn mower years ago, stopped using a gas-powered edger and have always used a broom and dustpan to sweep up and discard yard clippings and dirt left behind from the mowing and edging. The lawn-mower trade-in was through an arrangement made possible through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Through said exchange I was provided with a voucher to purchase an electric-powered lawnmower with rechargeable battery. I have so far had to replace the rechargeable battery once. I have a fairly large yard and the battery holds a sufficient amount of charge to mow the entire yard and then some.

    Going this route for me was a no-brainer.

  4. Joel Amromin

    Good report, Stu. The sooner they can eliminate the combustion issues, too, the better. Not only are they a health and environment hazarx, but they create terrrible noise pollution that would be largely eliminated by going to electric devices or (image this) things like rakes and brooms.

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