Tuesday, February 07, 2006

EPA blows deadline on study of small engines


Missed emissions deadline causes concern - 6th February 2006

Concerns have been raised over the future of regulations for high polluting engines following a missed deadline by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA failed to meet a deadline for a small-engines emissions report, indicating that standards for larger engines could be delayed, reports the Associated Press.

"It is very disturbing that the EPA is late with this report because small engines are a very significant source of smog in the summer," explained Frank O'Donnell, director of the environmental advocacy group Clean Air Watch.

The study into regulating air pollution from items such as lawnmowers will now be finished next month, explained EPA spokesperson John Millett.Mr Millett defended the missed deadline and said that new standards would be in place by the end of 2006, aiming to reduce the amount of smog-forming emissions contributed by small-engines.The study is expected to confirm the safety of catalytic converters, which are to be added to power tools to make them cleaner.

Pressure on the EPA has increased following predictions that without the new regulations, emissions from these engines would increase by 70 tonnes per day.

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