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Kicker - Leaf blower ban

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Noisy lawn equipment in on the outs in Burlington, Vermont


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NICK EICHER, HOST: Vermont’s largest city just passed a new ordinance.

SOUND: LEAF BLOWER

The City Council in Burlington passed a phased-in ban this week. It mandates moving to quieter electric-powered ... hang on.

SOUND: LEAF BLOWER STOPS

The city passed a phased-in ban on noisy gas-powered leaf blowers. They operate at 90 decibels, loud enough to cause hearing damage after two hours of exposure.

Everybody in Burlington has until May of next year to trade their gas blowers for quieter electric leaf blowers or a good old fashioned rake.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: I love my electric lawn tools!

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