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For a Cleaner and Quieter Corvallis: ban the use of leaf blowers

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Leaf blowers are substitutable garden tools that operate at the expense of our environment, our long-term health and well-being.

The use of leaf blowers results in noise and air pollution, producing both toxic fumes and sweeping particulate matter into the air.

Most leaf blowers operate on fossil fuels with inefficient engines - 30% of the gasoline remains unburned. Leaf blowers contribute to smog and ozone pollution. Their exhaust contains unacceptable levels of harmful hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen. The velocity jets in leaf blowers also blow into the air many undesirable and toxic elements found in the soil and plants. Among the substances blown into air are pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, rodenticides, dirt, ash, mold, spores and even heavy metals. Some of those substances are carcinogens.

When compared to a small-sized car, one hour operating a leaf-blower emits 498 times as much hydrocarbons, 49 times as much particulate matter and 26 times as much carbon monoxide.

A city that is recognized for its efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible cannot accept the use of leaf blowers. Moreover, a city that revolves around a respected educational and research institution such as OSU, cannot ignore the existing recommendations on passing leaf blowers ordinances.

Many cities around the US, such as Los Angeles, Berkely, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and many others have already banned or regulated the use of leaf blowers.

More information and reasons to ban leaf blowers can be found through the links below:

http://www.nonoise.org/quietnet/cqs/other.htm

http://sustainablesue.hubpages.com/hub/Gas-Powered-Leaf-Blowers-Now-Illegal

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/ART02059

 

 

 



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