RESOLUTION 152 – BANNING THE USE OF GASOLINE POWDERED LEAF BLOWERS
THE REFERENCE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION 152 BE
ADOPTED IN LIEU OF RESOLUTION 152.
RESOLVED, that the Medical Society of the State of New York call upon the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the manufacturers of the gas leaf blowers develop guidelines that would dramatically reduce the toxic emissions and noise level of gas leaf blowers; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Medical Society of the State of New York also encourage that New York State and other governmental entities promote the use of non-polluting alternatives to gas leaf blowers; and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the American Medical Association for consideration at its House of Delegates.
Resolution 152 1) states that with multiple scientific studies concluding that gasoline leaf blowers (GLBs) pose significant threats to human health by increasing particulate matter and chemical pollutants in the air, contribute significantly to lung cancer, increase the risk of breast cancer, precipitate asthma attacks and allergic reactions, cause hearing loss and tinnitus, and contribute to water pollutions, that MSSNY develop policy and regulation that would increase public awareness as to the detrimental health and environment hazards that arise when GLBs are utilized. 2) It further requests that MSSNY work with the appropriate state, county and other pertinent governmental agencies in an effort to promote the use of non-polluting alternatives to GLBs (i.e., lithium ion battery powered equipment), 3) that MSSNY seek legislation/regulation that would impose a statewide ban and states that failing to secure an outright ban on their use, 4)that MSSNY submit a resolution calling upon the AMA to work with the EPA and GLB manufacturers to develop parameters and guidelines that would dramatically reduce the toxic emissions and noise levels of GLBs to more appropriate and acceptable non-hazardous levels.