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Commercial Lawn Service Equipment Operating Restrictions (Repealed)

Information and links to documents about the regulation to control summertime emissions from commercial lawn service equipment.

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This rule was enforceable under Texas’ State Implementation Plan (SIP). This page provides information and downloadable documents and tools related to this repealed control strategy.


Areas affected: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery Counties
Repeal date: 10/27/2004
Source type: Non-road mobile source
Emissions targeted: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Description: This measure was first established in the December 2000 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) SIP revision with the aim of shifting emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and VOC to later in the day, thereby reducing ozone formation. This rule was scheduled to become effective April 1, 2005, and affected Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Montgomery and Galveston Counties. These restrictions applied to lawn and garden equipment 25 horsepower and below, used by commercial operators. Affected equipment included, but was not limited to, trimmers, edgers, chainsaws, leaf blowers and vacuums, shredders, lawn mowers, and tillers.

Equipment affected by these regulations was restricted from use by commercial operators from 6:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m., April 1 through October 31 of each year. That is the period when harmful ground-level ozone formation is the highest.

On October 27, 2004, the commission adopted the HGB Rate of Progress SIP Revision , along with changes to the state rule regarding commercial lawn equipment.

Related Rules

Rule/Citation: 30 TAC 114, Subchapter I, Division 6

Associated SIP Revisions

Adopted HGB Post-1999 ROP/Attainment Demonstration(AD) SIP (Project No. 2000-011O-114-AI) (12/06/2000)