Ban the leaf blower

Ban the leaf blower

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WJ Portanova started this petition to Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Our neighborhood trees are beginning to display their beautiful fall colors. The shortened daylight and cooler temperatures are some of the factors that control autumn coloration.

But an abundance of leaves brings a chorus of gas-powered leaf blowers usually heard on most Sacramento residential streets. The city allows leaf blowers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Some 20 California cities have gone so far as to ban any type of gas, electric or battery-powered leaf blowers – some since 1976.

Why is Sacramento so entrenched in allowing the use of gas-powered leaf blowers? Studies indicate they pollute the air with their emissions. The newer models do not pollute as much due to federal EPA regulations. However, the engine releases 100 percent of its tailpipe emissions.

Leaf blowers worsen allergies and asthma, and irritate the lungs by propelling into the air clouds of dust, dirt and toxic chemicals that may have been applied to lawns. Week by week, the blowers slowly remove all the beneficial organic mulch placed around trees and landscape beds.

Gas-powered leaf blowers disrupt neighborhood tranquility. They operate at wind speeds up to 170 mph, which stir up molds, allergens and dust tamped down by water and decomposition. Gas-powered blower noise levels on the new models are between 64-107 decibels.

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