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The federal government has called for cleaner emission standards for engines found in chainsaws, snowblowers and other small tools and equipment. The government recently approved regulations, to take effect in 2005, that are expected to reduce emissions from small, non-vehicular engines by about 44 per cent. "Small engines make a significant contribution to air pollution," said Environment Minister David Anderson in a news release. Engines designed to meet the requirements of the new Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emissions Regulations are expected to be more fuel efficient. Small spark engines are used in lawn and garden machines such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, garden tractors, and snowblowers; in light duty industrial machines, including welders, pressure washers and generators; and in light duty logging machines such as chainsaws, log splitters, and shredders. The regulations will apply to 2005 and later model year engines.