SACRAMENTO, California: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill banning the purchase of new leaf blowers using gas-powered motors.
Similar equipment that use small off-road engines was also ordered off store shelves, including generators, lawn mowers, and pressure washers.
The ban aims to reduce emissions caused by the small engines, which could eventually produce more pollution annually than passenger vehicles.
More than 16.7 million of the small engines are thought to be in use in California.
Democratic Assemblyman Marc Berman said the California Air Resources Board must enforce the new rule by 1st January, 2024.
The law is part of an aggressive strategy to cut pollution in the state and was made possible by an exception in the federal law adopted in the 1970s, which granted California a unique authority to regulate its air quality.
Last year, Newsom ordered regulators to ban the sale of all new gas-powered cars and trucks in California by 2035, and state regulators made a first-of-its-kind ruling forcing automakers to increase sales of electric work trucks and delivery vans.
The current state budget of California, which was the first government entity in the world to establish emission standards for small engines in 1990, includes $30 million to fund the implementation of the new law.