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New Illinois bill would make gas leaf blowers illegal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) — A Senate bill in Illinois would ban the use or sale of gas-powered leaf blowers in the state.

Illinois Senator Laura Fine (D)

SB3313 filed last week by Senator Laura Fine (D) of the 9th Senate District amends the Environmental Protection Act. It states that "a person may not operate or sell at retail a gas-powered leaf blower in the State. Provides that a person who violates the amendatory Act's provisions shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $500."

The bill lists environmental and noise pollution as the reasons for the ban.

It states that two-stroke and four-stroke engines used in gas-powered leaf blowers emit exceedingly high rates of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons.

These emissions, the bill states, are a contributing factor to smog formation and acid rain.

The bill also claims that leaf blowers generate noise at a decibel level capable of causing hearing loss in a short amount of time.

In addition, it states that leaf blowers send dust and other small particles like metals, allergens, and animal feces into the air for considerable distances.

If signed into law, the bill would make use or sale of a gas-powered leaf blower illegal in the state of Illinois as of January 1, 2022.

Violators of the law would be subject to a fine up to $500.

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