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Residents of towns and cities across Massachusetts have had concerns about the adverse effects of gas-powered leaf blowers. In the search for quiet, healthier alternatives to the noise, dust, and pollution caused by leaf blowers, advocates have sought to regulate their use by drafting, and in some cases passing, new municipal by-laws.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulates Air Pollution in 310 CMR 7.00. Section 7.09 deals with dust and odor control, and Section 7.10 deals with noise control.

These sections have been cited in the “Leaf Blowers and Health Summary Report” prepared for the Lincoln Board of Health by the Leaf Blower Study Committee as the authority for regulating the use of leaf blowers. The Lincoln Board of Health endorsed the study in March 2015. The Leaf Blower Study Group is now a subcommittee to the Lincoln Conservation Commission.

Arlington, Brookline and Cambridge have by-laws which regulate the use of leaf blowers.

Town of Arlington
Section 3. Daytime-Only Activities, D. “Use of Leaf Blowers Powered By Internal Combustion Engines”

Town of Brookline
Article 8.31 “Leaf Blowers”

City of Cambridge
Chapter 8.16 – Noise Control, 8.16.081 “Leaf Blowers”

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