Information about Legislation Impacting the Usage of Leaf Blowers
Leaf Blowers under Scrutiny
There is a growing concern about the implications connected to the usage of leaf blowers. In several locations legislation has already been enacted, and many municipalities are in the process of formulating proposals or ordinances or. The Federal Clean Air Act has a provision that preempts State legislation. That is why action to limit the impact of non-road engines needs to take place on municipal or county level. For those who are interested in pursuing legislation, we have collected a comprehensive collection of science- based information about the several aspects of leaf blowing. You can also click her for direct linkage:
There are many ways in which Leaf Blowers can be restricted
While a general concern about leaf blower usage is shared, there are many specific ways in which these concerns are felt and acted on. The result is a patchwork of legislation, from bans and time limitations to incentives for electric blowers. This is very challenging for the landscapers that often work in different districts. We suggest everyone, who is looking for regulations, to carefully study the excisting rules in other districts and to work, if possible together with landscapers and neighboring municipalities. If you like to connect with an organization that is working nationally for leaf blower regulation visit: Quiet Communities: https://www.quietcommunitiesinc.org/
Regulatory efforts in the State of New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester
Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester have often been on the forefront of environmental regulations. This might be a result of the population density, the presence of a great number of environmental groups, but also because the adverse effects of environmental issues are often felt the strongest in these heavily populated areas. The face that these counties are also seriously ‘landscaped’ might be another reason. Also the COVID issues have made suburbanites more aware of of a problem that would otherwise be unnoticed due to the fact they are now working from home. Growing air quality warnings and concerns about the relation between COVID and air quality might be yet another argument for the growing interest.
If you live in New York State, and you are interested in the topic of leaf blowers, we suggest you ask your local conservation board/council if they know of some initiative already existing in your neighborhood. Otherwise, please connect Huntington Calm: http://huntingtoncalm.org/ for more information.