An Illinois lawmaker has proposed the EPA-Gas Leaf Blower Ban. 9th District Democratic State Senator Laura fine introduced the legislation on February 14th and has been referred to the assignments committee.
The proposed legislation states gas-powered leaf blowers are detrimental to the health of the citizens of the State of Illinois and the quality of the environment; two-stroke and four-stroke engines used in gas-powered leaf blowers emit exceedingly high rates of pollutants, including, but not limited to, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons and the chemical pollutants that gas-powered leaf blowers emit can contribute to smog formation and acid rain.
The bill also states that gas-powered leaf blowers generate noise at a decibel level capable of causing hearing loss in a short amount of time and the blowers send dust and other small particles into the air for considerable distances, including, but not limited to, animal feces, trace quantities of heavy metals such as lead, and allergens such as pollen and mold.
If passed, the ban would start on January 1st of 2022 and a $500 penalty could be imposed if anyone violates the law.
For more details about the bill, click link below.