EPA finally gets standards passed for gas powered mowers

Did you know there are more than 50 million pieces of unregulated lawn and garden equipment in use across the country today.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles.

We have worked for the regulation of gas powered mowers for over 10 years now and it’s finally happening. The new standards, issued September 4th after years of battling with industry lobbyists, and gas powered mower manufacturers such as Briggs & Stratton. These gasoline-powered engines release up to 25 percent of the gasoline unburned in their exhaust, so cleaner emission standards also help save fuel costs at the pump. The reductions will be the equivalent of removing one out of every five cars and trucks on the road, according to Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies.

The long-awaited regulation requires a 35 percent reduction in emissions from new lawn and garden equipment beginning in 2011. EPA said approximately 190 million gallons of gasoline will be saved each year when the rules take effect, and more than 300 premature deaths prevented annually. The new standards will be phased in beginning in 2010, depending on engine type, and will annually cut smog-forming volatile organic compounds by 600,000 tons and smog-forming oxides of nitrogen by 150,000 tons when fully implemented.

Read about the Environmental Defense Fund’s work.

So while reel mowers are always best, electric next…at least emissions from gas powered mowers will finally be regulated.

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