For those of you who have followed this long-running saga: the US EPA today has finally approved its long-delayed standards to clean up new lawn mowers and other small gasoline engines. An announcement should be imminent. (See below from EPA.)
As you may recall, these standards were cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget on August 18, after more than two months of review. http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoReviewSearch;jsessionid=0a65171430d6f3bf770a27794c70987d83e9788e17f0.e38Nch4NbhuNa40Lah4PbxuPaN0Ne6fznA5Pp7ftolbGmkTy
With much of the East wheezing under Code Orange alerts, these standards couldn’t come too soon. http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.fcsummary&sortby=todayfc&order=desc&stateid=0
These standards are a real rarity: something quite positive from the Bush administration on air pollution.
These engines may be small, but they are big polluters. This rule is an important step towards cleaner air in smoggy communities across the nation.
These standards will prevent premature deaths and sickness caused by air pollution.
What took them so long?
From: Stout.Alan@epamail.epa.gov [mailto:Stout.Alan@epamail.epa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 12:22 PM
Subject: EPA Concludes Nonroad SI Final Rule
The EPA Administrator has signed the final rule to set new emission
standards for Small SI and Marine SI engines, equipment, and vessels.
The final rule also includes technical amendments for a wide range of
engines and vehicles covered by EPA standards.
The rulemaking documents have been posted on the EPA websites noted
below. You should note the following points of contact to follow up on
the various aspects of this rule:
Marine SI: Mike Samulski; 734-214-4532; firstname.lastname@example.org
Handheld Small SI: Phil Carlson; 734-214-4270; email@example.com
Nonhandheld Small SI: Alan Stout; 734-214-4805; firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical amendments: Alan Stout; 734-214-4805; email@example.com
We will be working with the Office of the Federal Register to publish
the final rule. The publication date will likely be around October 9.