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Greenspace: Lawn mower exchange designed to cut pollution

April 19, 2010 | 12:31 pm

LawnmowerBlackandDeckerThe Times' Susan Carpenter writes on Greenspace about a lawn mower exchange designed to cut air pollution by encouraging Southern California residents to turn in their gasoline mowers for electric versions:

"The Air Quality Management District is hoping users of traditional gas-powered lawn mowers will help them "mow down air pollution" when, for the eighth year, the air pollution control agency hosts a series of lawn-mower exchanges throughout Southern California. The program allows local residents to trade in a gasoline mower and receive a new electric mower at a reduced price.

"According to William Burke, governing board chairman of the Air Quality Management District, a conventional lawn mower spews more pollution in one year than a car driven more than 20,000 miles. Leaf blowers and other gasoline-powered equipment also contribute to global warming, as a recent UC Irvine study documented."

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