The sound of gas-powered leaf blowers was too much for some officials at the Washington state capitol. Among them, lands commissioner Peter Goldmark.
The Olympian reports Goldmark wanted maintenance crews to buy battery-powered blowers, which would be quieter.
Experts said battery-powered tools don’t have enough muscle. That can make a difference during a typical fall when the blowers help fill 180 dump trucks with leaves.
The state has decided to spend $3,500 to buy eight gas-powered blowers equipped with mufflers, which should dampen the sound without sacrificing power.
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