Noise News for Week of December 1, 1996

Los Angeles Leaf Blower Ban

PUBLICATION: Los Angeles Times
DATE: December 4, 1996
BYLINE: Jodi Wilgoren
DATELINE: Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Times reports that using a gas-fueled leafblower within 500 feet of someone's residence will now draw a $1,000 fine in Los Angeles. A rule passed July 1997 says that the penalty will apply both to users of the blowers and the person they are performing the work for. Electric blowers, and gas blowers that are quieter than 45 decibels will be allowed, although the quietest blower around still makes 65 decibels of noise.

The article notes that the Recreation and Parks Department bought more than 100 blowers that will now be outlawed, resulting in a a loss of $1.5 million a year. Gardeners worried that their businesses would be injured by the law, and manufacturers objected as well.

The article concludes by noting that Los Angeles is only one of forty cities in the state to make the blowers illegal.

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