2009: Iowa

Public hearing on OWBs August 18, 2009
Wood smoke is an air pollutant," he said. He warned of dangerous dioxins, another byproduct he called "brain fog," and the mustard gas produced when some treated materials are burned. he mentioned global warming
3) The residential heater shall either: a) be no closer than 200 feet to the nearest property zoned USR, RR1, RR2, or RR3 not served by the residential heater
Monday’s meeting we begin with hearing from individuals in the community who are concerned about the negative impact that outdoor wood boilers can have on health. Tuesday is for present wood burners.
incomplete combustion gives off horrendous hazardous particulates and gases. Dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. carbon monoxide, sulffur dioxide,hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide , benzene These gases travel miles.
County health officials said pollution by the furnaces cause respiratory and heart problems. county has been close to EPA limits on particulate matter in the air. If they eclipse those limits, residents could face tougher emissions regulations.
It is a health hazard and a violation of rights. drive people out of their yards. headaches, sore lungs, sore eyes smoke inhalation. sets off smoke detectors. no way to keep the smoke outdoors. It comes through doors, closed windows, attics drier vents.
Linn County officials may outlaw most smoky wood-burning furnaces out of concern they could pose health hazards.
"particulate matter" they produce. units’ air intake designed to close when the water in the boiler reaches a certain temperature, the units smolder for hours at a time, 5 wood-fired boilers in a 1/4 radius as much particulates s a coal-fired boiler
The council’s only concern was smoke emission.
We’ve received a number of complaints about the OWBs, and our investigations have revealed that many of the concerns raised are valid.
OWBs can create heavy smoke that may impact the health of Iowa’s residents, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials caution. OWBs may also adversely impact neighboring property, may harm the environment, prohibited under local ordinances.
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