LANCASTER — The City Council will consider introducing an ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting that would require the implementation of electric-powered landscape equipment by landscape maintenance businesses within five years.
Gas-powered lawn mowers and other landscape equipment are a significant source of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants that are precursors to ozone formation in the Mojave Desert Air Basin, according to a staff report by City Manager Jason Caudle.
The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District created a grant incentive program for the replacement of gasoline or diesel commercial equipment with zero emission advanced battery-powered equipment.
The AV Air Quality Management District allocated $275,000 toward this goal.
The proposed city ordinance seeks to establish a matching fund with proceeds from Lancaster Choice Energy to help support the program.
“Replacement of gasoline and diesel commercial landscaping equipment will reduce fuel consumption and spillage, exhaust emissions, noise, toxic solvents used for maintenance. As a result of this program the Antelope Valley will benefit from quieter, cleaner, and healthier neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and communities,” Caudle’s report said.
The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave.
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