New CA Law Phase Out Sale of Gasoline Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday enacted a bill that will phase out the sale of leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other small gasoline all-terrain engines by 2024.
Assembly Bill 1346 directs the California Air Resources Board to phase out the sale of small all-terrain engines by 2024 or as soon as possible, whichever is later. The new law also directs the council to identify and make available, to the extent possible, funds for trade discounts intended for the purchase of electrical equipment.
Newsom’s signing comes a year after signing an executive decree phasing out the sale of gasoline vehicles by 2035.
Under the new law, retailers will be restricted from selling zero-emission equipment, such as electrical or battery-powered equipment as part of an effort to reduce emissions.
Using a gasoline leaf blower for an hour produces the same amount of emissions as driving from Los Angeles to Denver, according to the Air Resources Board.
Bill’s author, Assembly Member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park and his supporters – including the American Lung Association in California, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists – say it will lead to the use of cleaner and more ecological equipment.
Berman’s bill is part of a state effort to reduce air pollution. One hour of using a gasoline-powered leaf blower is equivalent to the emissions of a vehicle traveling 1,100 miles from Los Angeles to Denver, according to the Air Resources Board.
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Critics of the bill-turned-law – including GOP Senate Leader Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute – have said it would impose hardship on landscapers and gardeners, while creating a lack of products in the market with strong consumer demand.
This story was originally published October 9, 2021 5:47 pm.