It’s that time of the year: Earsplitting noise, flying rubbish and pollution from leaf blowers, sometimes two or three at once.
Leaf blowers propel into the air dirt, dust, pollen, fecal matter, mold, fungus spores, pesticides, herbicides, lead and elemental carbon. Absorbed into the lungs, particulate matter can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks and other lung diseases, particularly among children and the elderly.
According to emissions tests conducted by Edmunds, using a commercial leaf blower with a two-stroke engine for 30 minutes of yard work produces about the same hydrocarbons as driving a Ford F-150 pickup for 3,900 miles.
Any other resident dreaming of a ban on leaf blowers? Or at least some regulation? If you employ landscapers who operate a leaf blower to clean your manicured lawns, could you please talk to them and maybe look for courteous and environmentally sound alternatives for clearing leaves and driveways? Thank you.
Astrid Lindgren, Cold Spring
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