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Annual Goal Setting Meeting comments: Please ban gas powered Leaf Blowers

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Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:06:25 -0800

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Dear Council Members,
I am writing since I will not be able to attend the Menlo Park City Council's Annual Goal Setting Meeting on January 30th.

I would like to urge you to take up the issue of banning Gas Powered Leaf Blowers.

 In light of the climate change crisis, health risks, and local environmental degradation in air quality and noise pollution, I believe it is time for Menlo Park to take action to move our community away from portable gasoline leaf blowers. Specifically, I am asking the Council to pass an ordinance banning gas powered leaf blowers.

According to the California Air Resource Board, gas leaf blower emissions are significant. Today, operating the best-selling commercial leaf blower, one hour of operation emits smog-forming pollution comparable to driving a 2017 Toyota Camry about 1100 miles! Also, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)’s California Air Resources Board (CARB) reported that a leaf blower creates 2.6 pounds of PM10 dust emissions every hour in use. When gas powered leaf blowers are being used nearby, I must make sure all my doors/windows are closed since with the noxious exhaust smell and visible dust particles flares up respiratory problems.

The noise is also deafening. They are used daily, with minimal peace and quiet in the neighborhood because of them. Gas-powered leaf blowers disrupt neighborhood tranquility, with noise levels, even on new models, between 64-107 decibels! Electric blowers would still create significant noise, so I would recommend code revisions incorporate that leaf blower operation must be conducted with all sound muffling equipment supplied by the manufacturer.

 Similar Leaf Blower ordinances have been passed in a number of local communities. They have done this in ways that balanced the needs of professional gardeners with the preferences of community residents. It is time Menlo Park do the same.
 If Menlo Park is truly serious about combating climate change, then banning gas powered leaf blowers must be part of Menlo Park’s Climate Action Goals.
Thank you!

Durham St., Menlo Park
Received on Mon Jan 27 2020 - 11:10:13 PST

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