SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — If you have any gas-powered gardening tools, you may be forced to give them up soon.
California is considering a statewide ban on the equipment.
At least 60 cities in California have some kind of ban on gas-powered garden tools, but now state regulators are concerned about the impacts these tools could be having on the environment.
According to the California Air Resources Board, running a gas-powered lawnmower for an hour will produce the same amount of air pollution as a Toyota Camry driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
There are millions more small off-road engines (i.e.: gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers) in California than there are light-duty passenger cars, according to the board’s estimates.
The board has set a goal of reducing smog from these machines by 80 percent by 2031.