Senator Christopher Bond will try a legislative move to keep the state of California from requiring catalytic converters on any device that uses a small engine – such things as lawn mowers and weed-cutters. He says the proposed California clean-air rules would be bad for the people who work at Briggs and Stratton engine plants in Poplar Bluff and Rolla. About 1,750 Missourians work at those plants. Bond says he will try to amend an EPA spending bill to say no state can impose stricter small-engine rules than the rules imposed under the federal clean-air act. Bond is the chairman of the subcommittee that approves EPA appropriations.
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