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Many Seattle residents’ least-favorite alarm clock may be phased out as early as the beginning of 2025.
A resolution sponsored by Seattle City Councilmember Alex Pederson would phase out gas-powered leaf blower usage by the city and its contractors by January 2025, or later if necessary.
By January 2027, or later if necessary, businesses and Seattle residents would be forced to phase out their usage as well.
While many Seattleites might support the nuisance leaf blowers, city council members say this resolution would eliminate other negative effects that leaf blowers cause.
For instance, landscape services industry workers are most likely to experience negative health impacts from the use of leaf blowers. City officials also mention that the gas-powered leaf blowers are a minor source of greenhouse gas emissions, with Seattle residents facing regular exposure to fine particulate matter that can cause negative cardiovascular and respiratory effects.
“We pride ourselves on being ahead on environmental, public health and worker protection issues, so I think this is in alignment with that and should be done expeditiously,” Pederson said in Friday’s Sustainability and Renters’ Rights Committee meeting.
City council central staff referenced a 2018 study for the Washington, D.C. Arup consultancy that compared noise levels and frequency of sound produced by two-stroke gas and electric blowers. The results showed that while gas and electric leaf blowers may be similarly loud, gas blowers produce higher levels of sound at lower frequencies than electric blowers.
Lower frequency sound travels through building walls and longer distances, causing gas blowers to be perceived by the human ear as noisier and more disturbing than electric blowers, according to the study.Various Seattle city departments have a total of 418 gas-powered leaf blowers this year. That is 348 more than the amount of electric leaf blowers the city owns, which is 70.Over 170 jurisdictions in 31 […]
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