I would like to add my comments regarding the use of OWB in communities and my personal plea to ask you to
ban their use. Woodsmoke exposure is destroying our health and our environment.
Scientific evidence now supports the claims that woodsmoke emissions are toxic, deadly and people are dying
from this form of pollution. For those of us who live near any OWB, fire rings, woodburning fireplaces,
woodstoves, chimeneas, and any other outdoor open air burns, we suffer greatly. Our physical health suffers,
our emotional health suffers and our environment is being destroyed.
Please allow me to explain further. The fine particulate matter in woodsmoke (PM2.5) enters deeply into our
lungs when inhaled. We become very ill, those with asthma, lung disease, COPD, and heart patients have
more cardiovascular complications occur. Doctors and scientists will validate the claim that woodsmoke
exposure will gravely affect the health of a mother and their baby. Fetal exposures to chemicals may result in
birth defects or abnormal brain development for the baby. We endure long endless hours of exposure to these
toxic deadly chemicals found in woodsmoke emissions.
How do we escape this? Sadly, we cannot we have no where to turn or to go. Even being inside of our home
we are not safe. We know our health is suffering greatly because the fine particulate matter enters unwanted
inside our home. There is no way to keep it out. We cannot breathe at times, we cannot use our yards to
enjoy, we cannot allow little children out to be assaulted by these emissions from woodsmoke. How can they
play safely within their own yards? They cannot. So we live daily under such great stress. Sometimes to even
open a door is not safe, because the emissions from woodsmoke just drift right into our homes and onto our
property. Everyday pleasures are being taken away from us. We are not free to open windows
to allow fresh air in our homes, because of the toxic woodsmoke outside. We all deserve the right and
common decency to breathe healthy air—woodsmoke free.
Families that are ill have had to move and leave their homes, they have suffered physical damage from
woodsmoke destroying their health, they have been through great emotional turmoil, and they have endured
financial hardships trying to hire lawyers to help them. It becomes a truly desperate situation for many. Without
a Ban on OWB more lives will continue to suffer and more will continue to die from this exposure to
woodsmoke pollution from OWBs.
We suffer irreparable damage from being exposed to toxic woodsmoke emissions. This continual exposure
sadly happens without out consent or our permission.
On behalf of all who continue to suffer from toxic woodsmoke emissions from OWB, my humble request is that
you will give serious consideration to end this suffering by way of adopting a total ban on the use of all OWB in
We only have one life to live, please help us make it….woodsmoke-free so we can all enjoy breathing healthy