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Proposed Emissions Limits for Portable Generators to be Discussed at CPSC Meeting

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a meeting March 8 in Bethesda, Md., to receive comments from interested persons on a proposed rule that would limit carbon monoxide emissions from operating portable generators. Specifically, this rule would require that (a) portable generators powered by handheld spark-ignition engines and Class I SI engines not exceed a weighted CO emission rate of 75 grams per hour, (b) generators powered by one-cylinder, Class II SI engines not exceed a weighted CO emission rate of 150 g/h, and (3) generators powered by Class II SI engines with two cylinders not exceed a weighted emission rate of 300 g/h. The CPSC is proposing these limits after preliminarily determining that there may be an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with portable generators.

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