California officials monitoring air pollution have a plan in place to swap noisy gas-emitting lawn mowers used by professional landscapers with quieter, no-emission electric mowers.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District announced that $2.5 million in incentive funds are available to help commercial gardeners and landscapers, local governments, school districts, colleges and nonprofit organizations buy new zero-emission, battery-electric commercial-grade lawn and garden equipment, and scrap and replace their old, polluting gasoline- or diesel-powered equipment.
Is it a deal likely to be pursued by the city of Santa Clarita? The short answer from city spokeswoman Carrie Lujan was no.
“I spoke with our parks manager,” she said. The swapping deal “is for a much smaller lawn mower than the ones we use in city parks. These do not have the battery power to accommodate our operations.”
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