Noise Impacts of gas-powered leaf blowers
Arup tested 7 commonly used leaf blowers, 3 gas and 4 battery powered, to answer the question of what makes which type have more noise impact. This is the written statement of the testing procedure, results, and oral testimony presented by Arup to the D.C. Council’s Committee of the Whole on July 2, 2018. See study here.
Centers for Disease Control. “What Noises Cause Hearing Loss?”
James Fallows Video “The Public Health Menance of Fall in America” Atlantic Monthly November 2018
Passchier-Vermeer W. “Noise exposure and public health.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 2000; 108: 123-131.
Hammer M.S., Swinburn T.K., Neitzel R.L. “Environmental noise pollution in the United States: developing an effective public health response.” Environmental Health Perspectives 2014;122:115–119.
Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18, 2018, “Leaf Blowers Are Loud, Ugly, and Dangerous”
Adverse Health Effects
Letter from “Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Mount Sinai Hospital,” to Eastchester Town Board, April 22, 2010 http://www.lincolntown.org/DocumentCenter/View/733/ See document here.
Addressing the Health, Environmental, and Quality of Life Impacts of Gas Leaf Blowers in Greenwich Quiet Yards Greenwich, March 2022
A REPORT TO THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE ON THE POTENTIAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF LEAF BLOWERS, (Mobile Sources Division; Feb 2000)
Air Pollution from gas-powered leaf blowers
Lawn Care goes Electric Nov 2023
Small machines Big Pollution COPIRG https://pirg.org/colorado/foundation/resources/small-machines-big-pollution/#:~:text=In%20addition%20to%20ozone%2Dforming,benzene%20and%201%2C3%20butadiene.
Platt, S., Haddad, I., Pieber, S. et al. “Two-stroke scooters are a dominant source of air pollution in many cities.” Nature Communications 5, 3749 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4749
National Cancer Institute webpage on PM2.5 https://dceg.cancer.gov/research/what-we-study/traffic-related-outdoor-air-pollution
IARC monograph on Benzene https://www.iarc.who.int/news-events/iarc-monographs-volume-120-benzene/
IARC monograph on 1,3 Butadiene chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://monographs.iarc.who.int/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/mono100F-26.pdf
Outdoor Air Pollution and Cancer https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.3322/caac.21632
Operating and Maintenance Cost Comparisons of Leaf Blowers. Quiet Yards Greenwich chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://www.quietyardsgreenwich.com/_files/ugd/6273a2_31ea040cf84c4494bb8015b57c54df75.pdf
Proposed Ridgefield CT Ordinance on gas powered leaf blowers https://tinyurl.com/ridgefieldnoisepetition.
Larchmont, NY gas powered leaf blower ban https://ecode360.com/36859358