Release 98-08      

March 24, 1998


Joe Irvin
Jerry Martin
(916) 322-2990

Richard Varenchik
(626) 575-6730
Media Advisory

Admendments to Small Engine Regulations

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold its regular Board meeting at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 26, to consider amendments to small engine regulations at:

2020 L Street
Lower Level Hearing Room
Sacramento, CA 95814

The ARB will consider amendments to off-road engine regulations for lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and other small engine power tools. The amendments include a one-year delay of the 1999 standards, relaxation of emission standards for non-hand held engines, new requirements that small engines meet endurance standards, a proposal for emission credits and equivalent standards for state and U.S. EPA small diesel engine regulations.

The amendments will result in emission reductions in California of 21.5 tons a day greater than those that would have resulted from similar U.S. EPA rules in 2010. This reduction equals air emissions from about 275,000 automobiles.

The Board will consider several other items including a staff report on emerging technologies that can control stationary source emissions and a staff proposal to approve California's 1990 small engine emission inventory. The ARB also will consider proposals for research projects.

If all agenda items are not finished on Thursday, March 26, the meeting will continue at 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 27. For more information, please contact ARB's Office of Communications at (916) 322-2990.

DIRECTIONS: ARB headquarters is in downtown Sacramento, six blocks east of the State Capitol. From I-80 east or west, take the 15th or 16th Street exits. Head east on X Street to 21st Street. Turn left (north) and proceed to L Street. Turn left again; the ARB building occupies the entire block between 20th and 21st Streets.   

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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