The Extreme Pollution of “non-road” engines:
Lawn tractors, mowers, line trimmers and leaf blowers, are part of a lightly-regulated group of fossil-fuel burning products known as “non-road” power products.
Non-road products have become the worst polluters on the market today with emissions more than 30 times worse than “on-road” gas vehicles and efficiency down near 20%. Gas powered non-road equipment is so polluting that the EPA has concluded that just one 2-cycle line trimmer can produce as many emissions in one hour as one full size pick-up truck traveling over 3,000 miles! This is in addition to the literally deafening noise levels of up to 100 decibels produced by some gas-powered tools.
What about Diesel or Bio-diesel Lawn Tractors?
Diesel lawn tractors may be the worst of the worst, and bio-diesel is simply 80-98% petroleum diesel mixed with a splash of bio-fuels with overall pollution levels about the same as regular diesel. Diesel and bio-diesel, by their nature are far more polluting than even gasoline engines spewing many times the concentrations of Particulate Matter (PM). Here is what the American Lung Association says about Diesel non-road equipment.
From “Closing the Diesel Divide, Protecting Public Health from Diesel Air Pollution” (ALA)
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FACT: One hour of gas mowing spews the same Volatile Organic Compound pollution as 11 hours of driving an average car. (EPA)
FACT: One gas mower produces 87 lbs. of CO2, and 54 lbs. of other air pollutants each year. (EPA)
FACT: Over 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez. (Clean Air Foundation)
Fact: Prolonged exposure to typical lawn equipment (100 decibels), can cause permanent hearing loss. (National Institute of Health)
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