California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) selected Stihl, Inc. (Virginia Beach, VA, U.S.; www.stihl.com) as its partner in a leaf blower exchange initiative that gives Southern California landscapers and gardeners an opportunity to exchange high-emission backpack blowers for the low-emission and low-noise Stihl BR 500. The AQMD says the BR 500 is four times cleaner than the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) most stringent standard for new blowers and 50% quieter than a more common leaf blower (65 dBA as measured per ANSI B175.2). AQMD says 14 tons of smog-forming pollution is reduced by the blower exchange annually.
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