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Dem state cracks down on gas lawn mowers, leaf blowers

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Colorado state environmental regulators have approved regulations to ban gas-powered lawn and garden equipment on public property starting in 2025, aiming to reduce air pollution.

The new rules were pushed by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG) and are seen as a step towards promoting cleaner, quieter electric lawn tools.

The regulations align with recommendations from CoPIRG, encouraging state and local governments to lead by example in banning gas-powered equipment.

“Given the significant pollution generated by gas-powered lawn equipment and the severe air pollution problem in our region, I’m glad the state is taking action to accelerate the switch to cleaner, quieter electric lawn equipment,” CoPIRG clean air advocate Kirsten Schatz said. “This vote is the first step toward eliminating this unnecessary source of harmful air pollution.”

“It doesn’t make sense to allow air pollution that damages our health when we cut grass or blow leaves – especially when cleaner, quieter electric options are readily available,” Schatz said. “Soon, Coloradans won’t have to worry about fumes or obnoxious noise from gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers when they head to public parks.”

Governor Jared Polis also signed an executive order to phase out gas-powered equipment at state facilities, emphasizing the state’s commitment to reducing pollution.

“I always want to ensure that our state government is leading by example when it comes to pressing issues like the housing crisis, workforce and job creation, and now we are doubling down on our commitment to lead the way in reducing pollution,” Polis said. “We are doing our part to save people money, protect water and our planet.”

“Colorado is leading the nation on commonsense ways to reduce pollution and ensure Colorado can thrive,” he said.

“I am pleased to see Colorado leading by example as we transition toward a more sustainable future,” Rep. Cathy Kipp said.

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