Poplar Bluff Lawnmower Engine Manufacturer Still Battling Pollution Controls

APRIL 12, 2006 - Posted at 8:26 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small-engine manufacturer with 3,000 workers in Missouri is working to debunk a new federal study on pollution controls.

Briggs & Stratton makes lawn mower engines at its plants in Poplar Bluff and Rolla.

The company has been fighting federal proposals to require pollution-cutting catalytic converters on lawn and garden equipment.

A report last month by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that contrary to industry claims, catalytic converters on small engines don't raise the risk of fire.

Now, Briggs & Stratton is helping fund a new industry study that's likely to contradict the EPA's conclusions.

Missouri Republican Kit Bond has been fighting the proposed rules in the Senate, arguing they would raise manufacturers' expenses and put Missouri jobs at risk.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)