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Switch to Clean, Quiet Lawn Equipment in the Nation's Capital

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UPDATE: Thanks to your support, DC Council Chair will hold a hearing on July 2, 2018! We now need to pay for a scientifically designed study that will show how the sound quality of gas-powered leaf blowers harms operators and others within earshot. Please click on the bell-shaped icon above to see details about this and how you can help! We are so grateful to you!

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Ask D.C. City Council Chair Phil Mendelson to hold a hearing on bill B22-0234, to phase out the sale & use of gas-powered leaf blowers in the District. This is the first step to a healthier alternative to keep the nation's capital quiet, clean, livable, and beautiful for residents and visitors. It will also protect workers from chronic exposure to dangerous levels of particulates, volatile emissions, and high-decibel noise.The District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions that have considered the proposal have endorsed it with overwhelming support. 

Gas-powered leafblowers are noisy, routinely exceeding federal safe-exposure standards. Such high levels link to irreversible hearing loss, high blood pressure, and insomnia.  Noise affects everyone within earshot, especially workers who use leafblowers. 

Gas-powered leafblowers are dangerous to health. They emit small particulates, which are linked to cardiac disease & cancer. Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory disease are most vulnerable--and of course the workers who handle them for prolonged periods.

Gas-powered leafblowers pollute the air we breathe. Their windforce disperses toxins, pesticides, chemical lawn treatments, allergens, bacteria, spores & animal feces.

Quieter, cleaner, battery-powered leafblowers are an available, effective alternative. Learn more at Please help Washington D.C. be a model for the nation, welcoming our country's citizens and the world's visitors to an even more attractive city.

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