Government of Canada proposes new standards to reduce air pollution from equipment and tools used by millions of Canadians

OTTAWA, June 10, 2016 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada wants to establish more stringent Canadian emissions standards to reduce smog-forming air pollutants from common household tools, such as lawn mowers, snow blowers and chainsaws, starting with 2018 model years.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced proposed amendments to the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations to improve air quality and protect Canadians' health.

The proposed amendments would only apply to the manufacture and import of new products into Canada. Canadians can continue to use equipment that they already own.

The proposed amendments would align Canada-United States engine and equipment emissions standards, helping to ensure that engines sold in Canada meet the same stringent air pollution emissions standards as those sold in the United Sates.

Industry stakeholders and interested Canadians are invited to provide input by August 25, 2016. The proposed amendments can be viewed on Environment and Climate Change Canada's web site.

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"The Government of Canada is taking actions to improve air quality in Canada. These proposed changes will greatly reduce emissions that contribute to smog, acid rain, and human health issues including asthma."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)

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