Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that will phase out the use of gas-powered lawn equipment in California, starting in 2024.
The legislation was introduced by Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) in response to projections that smog-forming pollution from Small Off-Road Engines will surpass that from passenger cars this year.
According to state officials, Gonzalez and Berman secured $30 million in the state’s budget to create a statewide incentive program to help landscaping businesses transition to zero-emission equipment.
“Small gas engines are not only bad for our environment and contributing to our climate crisis, they can cause asthma and other health issues for workers who use them,” Gonzalez said. “It’s time we phased out these super polluters, and help small landscaping businesses transition to cleaner alternatives.”
Berman thanked Newsom for signing “this landmark legislation to protect people and our planet.”
“By signing AB 1346, Governor Newsom has made good on his commitment to a clean energy future that protects the health of all Californians—including workers who face disproportionate health risks from air pollution,” Berman said. “Coupled with $30 million in zero-emission incentives, we are ensuring an equitable transition to clean technology.”
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