Fact Sheets and Summaries

Quick Facts: Environmental Noise Exposure and Hearing Loss. A fully referenced fact sheet from Quiet Communities, May 2016 on environmental noise and its effect on hearing.

Impacts of Leaf Blowers and Gas-Powered Landscape Maintenance. A fully referenced summary sheet from Quiet Communities, July 2015.

Scientific Statements on Air Pollution. A summary from Quiet Communities on what the experts say about the dangers of fine particulate matter. March 2014.

Scientific Statements on Noise Pollution. A summary from Quiet Communities on what the experts say about the dangers of fine particulate matter, March 2014.

Papers and Presentations

Two-Stroke Engines in Landscape Maintenance: A Growing Public Health Problem by E Walker, MA, ScD (ABD) and JL Banks, PhD, MD. A paper analyzing noise and pollution from gas-powered leaf blowers, presented at the Institute for Noise Control and Engineering’s 2016 Noise-Con, June 14, 2016.

National Lawn and Garden Emissions by JL Banks and R McConnell. A paper analyzing exhaust emission levels from gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment, presented at the 2015 International Emissions Inventory Conference, San Diego, April 16, 2015.

(https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/banks.pdf)

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