While lawn care crews worked across the district in the blistering heat, Washington, D.C. residents packed a hearing room at the Wilson Building to voice support or opposition to a couple of D.C. Council bills regulating noise.
One bill, introduced by Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh, would prohibit the sale and use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the district beginning in 2022. The ban would effectively force residents and businesses to transition to battery-powered leaf blowers.
District resident Chuck Elkins said, “[They] are so much quieter. They're better for the operator. They're better for the neighbors.”
But companies that do yard maintenance and landscaping said electric leaf blowers have less power and therefore take longer to do the same job.
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