Huntington residents call for limiting leaf blowers

Some residents claim the leaf blowers are health hazards. (6/20/14)

HUNTINGTON - Some Huntington residents are calling for restrictions to be placed on gas-powered leaf blowers.

While members of CALM, the Citizens' Appeal for Leaf Blower Moderation, say the loud noise is annoying, their big issue is what the machines blow into the air. Dr. Lucy Weinstein, one of the founders of CALM, says mold, dust and rodent feces can be blown into the air and linger for 24 hours.

Weinstein says the debris in the air puts everyone, especially small children and pets, at risk. The group wants the Town of Huntington to ban leaf blowers during the summer months.

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A spokesperson for the Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners' Association says leaf blowers are needed to clear properties and do not stir up dust when used properly.

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