The city of Portland has about 300 leaf blowers that run on gas and officials expect to get rid of them in 2021 and will instead deploy electric and battery devices.
The Portland City Council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to create a working group that would plan how to eliminate gasoline-powered devices starting January 1, 2021. Advocates said the transition would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the noise and would improve the air. quality. City officials said the ban also aligns with the goals of Portland being 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050.
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was not present during the vote.
The working group will begin meeting in 2020. The ban on the gas leaf blower would not apply to privately owned devices.
The city's fire departments, parks, transportation, water and environmental services have leaf blowers, said Asena Lawrence, chief policy director for commissioner Nick Fish, who introduced the resolution. They range from 156 in the parks office to three for the environmental services office. It is not immediately clear how much the city spends each year to maintain its 305 leaf blowers or how much they will cost 300 cleaner and quieter.
She said gas leaf blowers require more maintenance than alternatives, they are more expensive and have a lower lifespan, usually around 1.5 to 3 years.
Portland has leaf blower regulations that have been in effect since 2001 that allow devices not exceeding 65 decibels to be used throughout the year and not used more than 70 decibels from November to February. The city code allows the use of the leaf blower between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in residential areas and until 9 p.m. in other areas
The city also has a list of dozens of approved models of gas, electric and battery powered leaf blowers that can be used in Portland.
An Oregon House bill that died without a vote in the 2019 session proposed banning leaf blowers throughout the state starting in 2023.
– Everton Bailey Jr.
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