The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue Phase 3 emission standards for new nonroad spark ignition engines later this month that will further reduce emissions and include some key requests from OPEI. Products with nonroad spark ignition engines include lawnmowers, garden tractors, utility vehicles, trimmers, edgers, chain saws, snow throwers, tillers, leaf blowers and other related products.
Following the 1990 amendments to the federal Clean Air Act, EPA began Phase 1 of its program to regulate outdoor power equipment emissions which became effective in 1997, followed by Phase 2 in 2002 and culminating in this year’s Phase 3 regulations. Once fully implemented, the outdoor power equipment industry will have reduced emissions by 955 in just 15 years since it first became regulated.
"Although challenging, we believe the new exhaust emission standards are fair and achievable,“ said Kris Kiser, vice president, Public Affairs, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. "OPEI members will meet or exceed the new standards."
The new EPA Phase 3 Regulations include the following provisions:
An additional 35% reduction in exhaust emissions and a 45% reduction in total evaporative emissions beginning in 2009 and fully implemented by 2015.
Stronger EPA enforcement authority to prevent importation and retail of non-compliant equipment, with safeguards to assure equal compliance for U.S. and off-shore manufacturers.
Ability to certify engines on E10 fuel, ensuring products can operate more efficiently using fuels currently in the marketplace.
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