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Re: Gas Leaf Blower Ban

From: domainremoved <Rebecca>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:24:27 -0800

Hello,

I wanted to follow up on my previous email about a gas leaf blower ban in
Menlo Park. While I didn't attend this week's City Council meeting, I heard
that other members of the community also suggested a ban.

I'd love to get some feedback on my suggestion, as it seems to be of wider
interest in the community. I'm not entirely sure what my next steps would
be in promoting a ban, although I would love to hear the City Council's
thoughts on the idea.

Thank you,
Rebecca Turley

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 2:41 PM Rebecca Turley <
rebecca.lynne.turley_at_(domainremoved)

> To the City Council:
>
> Hello, my name is Rebecca and I've lived in Menlo Park for the past couple
> of years. In light of the recent EPA report on climate change
> <https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/climate/us-climate-report.html> and
> the terrible fires we had this past November, I've been thinking a lot
> about how my community can be more environmentally-friendly. In order to
> reduce carbon and other emissions, I'd like to suggest a ban on gas leaf
> blowers.
>
> Last month I attended the Environmental Quality Commission's meeting and
> proposed that a ban on gas leaf blowers be considered in Menlo Park. To me,
> it seems like a relatively easy way to reduce our city's footprint. We had
> a very productive discussion and they suggested that I also get in touch
> with the city council.
>
> To provide some background for my proposal,
>
> - According to a 2017 WSJ article
> <https://www.wsj.com/articles/that-ear-splitting-leaf-blower-it-also-emits-more-pollution-than-a-car-1513346400> and
> an EPA report
> <https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/offroad/sm_en_fs.pdf?mod=article_inline>,
> operating a gas leaf blower for one hour produces equivalent "smog forming
> emissions" as driving a car 1,000 miles
> - For more on the distinction between carbon emissions and other
> pollutants from leaf blowers: this Washington Post article
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-bad-for-the-environment-are-gas-powered-leaf-blowers/2013/09/16/8eed7b9a-18bb-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7c6bbc1becd4>
> - The pollutants from gas leaf blowers are also awful for the health
> of the workers who use them on a daily basis, as noted in this NPR
> piece
> <https://www.npr.org/2017/02/28/517576431/california-weighs-tougher-emissions-rules-for-gas-powered-garden-equipment>on
> leaf blowers
> - Gas leaf blowers also contribute to CO2 emissions, as noted in this EPA
> report
> <https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/banks.pdf> and
> in this Quiet Communities report
> <https://www.quietcommunities.org/environmental-impact-qc/>
>
> Moving forward, I hope that a gas leaf blower ban can be considered either
> as a city ordinance or within the EQC's Climate Action Plan. My goal would
> be for all gas leaf blower usage to be banned in Menlo Park, allowing
> landscapers and residents to use either electric leaf blowers or (even
> better) conventional rakes instead. To achieve this, perhaps landscaping
> companies should be required to obtain a license to operate within Menlo
> Park, and a fee could be imposed on anyone who violates the ordinance.
>
> Thank you for your time and input on this issue! I look forward to
> receiving more input.
>
> Sincerely,
> Rebecca Turley
>
Received on Thu Jan 17 2019 - 16:21:18 PST

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