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Posted on: September 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law

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On Sept. 22nd, during Climate Week 2020, the New Castle Town Board unanimously approved a local law to ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer months.

Executive Summary - Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law

June 1 –September 30
No Fuel-Powered Leaf Blowers (GLBs)
Electric Leaf Blowers are permitted

October 1 –May 31
GLBs and Electric Leaf Blowers are permitted

Noise Levels from Domestic Tools
No restrictions during the hours of:

  • 8 AM –8 PM –Mon –Fri
  • 9 AM –8 PM –Sat
  • 9 AM –5 PM –Sun & Holidays

All other times not to exceed 45 dB(A)

Exemptions:

  • Chappaqua Central School District’s & Town of New Castle’s recreational fields, tennis courts, country clubs’ tennis courts, homeowner associations’ tennis courts, swim clubs’ tennis courts, golf courses, and cemeteries
  • Use of any fuel-powered motorized leaf blower shall be minimized to the maximum extent practicable
  • Town Administrator may temporarily permit use where public safety concerns exist

Sustainability Advisory Board Statement to Town Board 9/8/20

New Castle Proposed Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law Presentation 7/14/20

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