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Newest greenhouse target: lawnmowers, leaf blowers

It’s estimated that Americans spend three billion hours annually using their gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new limits on smog-forming emissions that would affect not only mowers and leaf blowers, but products ranging from generators to personal watercraft. The rule would cut emissions by 35 percent for land motors and 70 percent for watercraft.

The EPA estimates billions of dollars a year could be saved in health care costs while preventing millions of tons of greenhouse-gas emissions and pollutants from reaching the skies.

“It’s a great law. I love it,” said Bob Kard, director of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department. “There’s no reason not to improve (these engines).”

The rule does come with a price. The technology to meet the standards is expected to raise the equipment costs anywhere from 3 percent to 35 percent. The EPA is taking public comment on the issue through Aug. 3 and will announce the final rule early next year.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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