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EC Amends Regulations Affecting Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engines

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Environment and Climate Change Canada Updates Canadian Regulations Concerning Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engines 2017-11-28

Small Spark-Ignition (“SSI”) engines are defined as those off-road engines using a spark plug or other sparking device and producing no more than 19 kW of power. SSI engines are typically found in lawn and garden machines (hedge trimmers, brush cutters, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, garden tractors, snow blowers, etc.), in light-duty industrial machines (generator sets, welders, pressure washers, etc.), and in light-duty logging machines (chainsaws, log splitters, shredders, etc.).
 
The two main changes are:
  1. Establishing more-stringent standards for air pollutants from exhaust systems in non-handheld machines, and
  2. Introducing standards for air pollutants formed when gasoline evaporates from the fuel systems in handheld and non-handheld machines.
Certain administrative practices are also changing. For example, only companies or individuals that import 50 or more SSI engines into Canada each year will be required to submit importation declarations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and importers will need to declare imports annually. Also, some labelling requirements are changing along with other improvements to the regulations.
 
The amended regulations come into force on March 22, 2018, and will apply to 2019 and later model year SSI engines in Canada.
 
To know more about these changes and whether or not they affect you, please click on the following links:
 
Source: Canada Gazette, Environment & Climate Change Canada

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