The Wood Smoke Activist
June 2010 Newsletter
Educating the world about the health and climate impacts of
wood smoke and combustion aerosols.
Editor: Shirley Brandie
WOOD SMOKE ISSUES
Fighting Wood Smoke
Pollution from the
Grassroots to Government
Volume 2, Issue 6
Editor: Shirley Brandie
I hope that this newsletter will give you the information and inspiration
you need. Regain clean air to breathe and eliminate the wood burning that
is affecting your health and your home environment.
Please pass this issue on to others in need of help and suggest that they
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.
To be removed from the newsletter, please email to Shirley
**** A doctor’s letter verifying how wood smoke compromises
your health or public health in general would be beneficial in
showing that wood smoke truly is doing damage to you.****
Our mission is to educate public officials, government and all
citizens about wood smoke as a major form of hazardous air
pollution that affects our health, use of our property, water,
crops, livestock, the environment and climate change. We
urge citizens everywhere to press for legislative changes to
call wood smoke a public nuisance under state health codes
and to ban all wood burning.”
“Breathing wood smoke is smoking!”
Area Farm Leader Supports Fines on Outdoor Furnaces
Excerpted from: Norwich Bulletin Article by: JAMES MOSHER
The leader of a New London County farm group is supporting fines on people
who misuse outdoor wood-burning furnaces after a lengthy hearing Monday in
Hartford. Wayne Budney, president of the New London County Farm Bureau,
said financial penalties are necessary to discourage trash burning and other
misuse of the furnaces.
.Oh, absolutely, we’re in favor of that (fines),. said Budney, who owns Four
Winds Farm in Lebanon. Budney was one of more than 100 people to testify at
an all-day hearing before the General Assembly’s Environment Committee.
.It was a good session,. he said. .Everybody got to give their views..
Senate Bill 126
Farm leaders, including Connecticut Farm Bureau Association Executive
Director Steven Reviczky, are trying to halt Senate Bill 126, which would ban
use of the outdoor furnaces for six months of the year and include wood smoke
under the public health nuisance code. Even though the bill would exempt
farmers, farm leaders are fighting the measure on grounds of overall economic
hardship and an assault on Connecticut’s .environmentally sound,. wood-
Health advocates including North Haven-based Environment and Human Health
Inc. say that wood smoke is as dangerous as tobacco smoke and public health
needs to be better guarded.
Dr. David Brown, a top former state government toxicologist and a member of
EHHI, released a report at the hearing and testified.
.Wood smoke is a mixture of particle matter and organic chemicals of different
toxicities — including cancer,. Brown said Monday. .Components of wood
smoke are similar to cigarette smoke. Both are carcinogenic and respiratory
EHHI’s president, Nancy Alderman, also testified Monday. She said Tuesday
that outdoor furnaces are .fundamentally different. from indoor wood stoves
and fireplaces, especially in the lower temperatures of the outdoor furnace
smoke. Nine Connecticut towns have banned the outdoor appliances and a
statewide ban is .not asking for something outrageous,. Alderman said.
.It was hard to get cigarette smoking out of restaurants,. she said. .It was
certainly an economic hardship. One has to decide — what are the risks and
what is the role of government..
Excerpted from the World Health Organization:
International Agency for the Research of Cancer
HOUSEHOLD COMBUSTION OF SOLID FUELS
Indoor emissions from household combustion of coal (Group 1)
Indoor emissions from household combustion of biomass fuel (primarily
wood) (Group 2A)
Indoor emissions from household combustion of biomass fuel
(primarily wood) are probably carcino-genic to humans (Group
In reaching this evaluation, the Working Group considered
mechanistic and other relevant data. These data include (a) the
presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other
carcinogenic compounds in wood smoke, (b) evidence of
mutagenicity of wood smoke and (c) multiple studies that show
cyto-genetic damage in humans who are exposed to wood smoke.
Please read full article at the link above. It is very worthwhile!
Rolf Czeskleba-Dupont of Denmark has written a research report,
which was edited last November at a transnational publisher on "Toxic
emissions and devaluated CO2-neutrality. Expanded combustion of
stem wood violates sustainable development".
Reviewers may order it as an e-book from:
Excerpted from the World Health Organization:
International Agency for the Research of Cancer
HOUSEHOLD COMBUSTION OF SOLID FUELS
Indoor emissions from household combustion of coal (Group 1)
Indoor emissions from household combustion of biomass fuel (primarily
wood) (Group 2A)
Possible readers are those, who are interested in climate politics without
suppressing local pollution themes as e.g. Chlorinated dioxins (PCDD/F)
from the combustion of wood.
The Danish Ministry of the Environment has, unfortunately, made a
junction between these two issues in its 2006 report to the Stockholm
In an appendix, technicians recommended to restrict the use of wood
stoves and other small combustion appliances without flue gas
cleansing. But they were stopped in this initiative by a statement on
climate politics favoring wood combustion as CO2-neutral. However,
according to earlier information, wood combustion (as all biomass
combustion) emits more CO2 pr. unit of energy released than all fossil
fuels. And, according to the most recent country statistics reported to
international conventions, 2/3 of all dioxin emissions from Danish
sources stem from wood stoves (also 70% of fine particle mass and 91%
of PAH). Concerned citizens may be inspired to further information
Environmental, energy and climate policies need fresh reflections. In
order to evaluate toxics reduction policies the Stockholm Convention on
Persistent Organic Pollutants is mandatory. Denmark’s function as lead
country for dioxin research in the context of the OSPAR Convention is
contrasted with a climate policy whose goals of CO2-reduction were
made operational by green-wash. Arguments are given for the
devaluation of CO2- neutrality in case of burning wood. Alternative
practices as storing C in high quality wood products and/or leaving
wood in the forest are recommended.
A counter-productive effect of dioxin formation in the cooling phase of
wood burning appliances has been registered akin to de-novo-synthesis
in municipal solid waste incinerators. Researchers, regulators and the
public are, however, still preoccupied by notions of oven design and
operation parameters, assuming that dioxin behaves on line with other
toxic pollutants from incomplete combustion. Evidence is given that this
is not the case.
Societal-historical problems of lacking consistency in dioxin research
are contrasted with more sustainable approaches.
This is obligatory reading for concerned citizens.
Here is a site that I have joined and hope that you will too.
It’s a place where both pro-wood burners and anti-wood
burners can meet, talk and collaborate to try to find a solution
to the wood smoke issue. This is a great opportunity to be able
to hear both sides of the issue and input your own thoughts
I think you will find that it’s a place where you are free to tell
the burners why you feel the way you do and share your stories
of how wood smoke has changed your lives forever.
You may also find that all wood burners are not of the
mentality as those you are dealing with at present. And, most
importantly, they might be able to help all of you find solutions
to your problem. Simply ask them what they would do if they
were in your position and get their input. Perhaps uploading
your photos (remember to keep them small) will do much in
showing others what we have all been through so that they
understand why we feel as we do.
The impact of wood smoke on children, neighborhoods
By David Pepper Excerpted from: Napa Valley Register
Though the recent freezing weather may seem like the worst time to call a wood-
burning ban, the scientific evidence documenting the harm caused by wood smoke
pollution justifies such restrictions.
As a physician, I know all too well the health impacts caused by toxic smoke.
Breathing these particles can literally shorten life and send our most vulnerable
residents to the emergency room. Wood smoke contains harmful microscopic
particles that, when inhaled, enter directly into the lung and bloodstream. Once
there, they damage cells, exacerbate asthma and cause lung and heart disease. For
asthmatic children, breathing wood smoke can lead to immediate harm, including
asthma attacks and respiratory distress.
A recent study by the California Air Resources Board reported that wood smoke
can cause a 10 percent increase of hospital admissions for respiratory problems
among children, who are at most risk since their lungs are still developing.
Exposure to wood smoke may also reduce lung function and reduce the blood’s
ability to clot properly.
And it doesn’t take much; one fireplace or wood-burning stove can produce levels
of smoke in a neighborhood that exceed federal air quality standards and affect all
the neighbors. According to the California Air Resources Board, up to 70 percent
of smoke from chimneys can re-enter neighboring residences, exposing neighbors
to toxic smoke. While we have effectively banned tobacco smoke from most
indoor places, there is no way to avoid an equally damaging smoke right at home.
Unfortunately, without a stronger wood-burning regulation, community health
It is important to note that the current regulation allows an exemption for wood
burning when no other source of heat is available.
While some may not see it this way, in actuality it is the wood smoke, not the
wood burning regulation, that is invasive. There are an estimated 935,000
residents in the Bay Area who suffer from asthma, including 200,000 children and
an additional 300,000 who struggle to breathe from emphysema, lung cancer and
other respiratory illnesses. When these people have to breathe wood smoke
pollution, they struggle even more.
The American Lung Association routinely receives calls from citizens all around
the Bay Area who simply cannot get away from clouds of pollution in their own
neighborhoods. Many have young children with asthma who need medical
treatment due to this exposure. Some of these families have sold their houses and
moved to areas with less wood smoke pollution.
Are these health impacts really worth the ambiance of a fire? Fireplaces are
inefficient heaters, often taking out more warm air than they produce. Cleaner
burning alternatives are available to enjoy the warmth and glow without the
smoke, including gas, electric and pellet stoves, which are now designed to look
just like their wood-burning brethren.
The American Lung Association repeatedly has given failing grades for air quality
to several counties in the Bay Area due to high levels of particle pollution, of
which wood smoke is a primary source. We know we can do better. Indeed, air
districts such as Sacramento that have adopted wood-burning prohibitions have
experienced a reduction in these harmful particles.
Hopefully, after understanding the harm caused by wood smoke pollution, local
residents will think twice before lighting their fireplaces and wood stoves. Many
already have. By choosing to hold off and use cleaner alternatives to heat our
homes, we make it easier for our smallest and most vulnerable residents to
We’re trying to make our neighborhoods healthier and prevent disease. Won’t you
(Pepper is a family practice physician and American Lung Association volunteer
who teaches family medicine at the UC Davis-affiliated Family Practice
Residency in Martinez.)
Yet another city engulfed in wood smoke. When does it end?
10 Tips for Cleaner Air
Your health depends on clean air!
Excerpted from the American Lung Association
Here are 10 easy things you can do for cleaner air:
1. Drive one less day per week, and bike or walk as often as possible.
Cut down on driving. Try out the bus or light rail if you have one in your area.
Using public transportation, walking and biking are all great ways to clean the
air and get healthier through exercise. Harmful motor vehicle and other
transportation emissions account for more than half of all pollution on a
2. Conserve energy.
Turn off lights when you leave a room and only run your dishwasher when full.
Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Only use the air
conditioning or heater when necessary or automatically set the thermostat to
go off when you don’t need it. Visit the Flex Your Power website to learn more
3. Ride a bike!
Biking – even just a few times a week – is not only great exercise, it’s a great
way to decrease air pollution! Research your cities bike routes and commit to
replacing your car with your bike 1-2 times a week. Here are a few tips to help
you stay safe on your bike:
4. Reduce the amount of time you idle your car.
Idling for only 30 seconds uses up more fuel than restarting the engine. If you
expect to idle for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine and then restart
(except in traffic, of course). Instead of idling in bank or restaurant drive-
through lines, park your car and go inside. You will save fuel and prevent
5. Use a natural or propane gas grill for outdoor grilling.
This summer, cut down on outdoor grill use or use a propane or natural gas
grill. The smoke a traditional barbeque grill creates adds to air pollution. If you
do use a barbecue, use a metal chimney or electric probe instead of lighter
6. When washing clothes, wash in cold water.
A whopping 90 percent of the energy used by a washing machine goes to just
heating the water. Washing clothes in warm or cold water will save you money
and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 72 pounds in just one month!
7. Avoid burning wood.
Avoid use of wood burning in indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Just like tobacco
smoke, wood smoke pollution is harmful to your health. Wood burning
comprises 33 percent of particle pollution during the winter in some areas.
Cleaner burning alternatives such as natural gas and electric fireplaces are
available for the glow without the smoke!
8. If buying a car, consider a cleaner and more efficient electric or hybrid-
electric car or a very low emission vehicle.
Every day, Californians drive 825 million miles – emitting 5.4 million tons of
pollutants daily. Choosing a cleaner car has never been easier. Every new car in
California now has an Environmental Performance Label showing how clean the
car is for both smog and greenhouse gases. State and federal tax credits and
rebates exist to encourage cleaner car purchases. From electric cars and
hybrids to very low emission gas vehicles, cleaner technologies are available
now. See driveclean.ca.gov for more details.
9. Purchase energy efficient appliances.
Did you know you could earn money while helping clean California’s air? When
you replace your old, energy draining appliances (refrigerators, washers and air
conditioners) for new Energy Star products you will receive a government
rebate! Visit www.cash4appliances.org for more information.
10. Donate to the American Lung Association.
Visit www.lungusa.org/california for more information.
Forest Industries pollution in Tasmania
By Clive Stott Web site: http://www.cleanairtas.com/index.htm
Our deliberately initiated health diseases from planned burn smoke do
not magically improve on the days forestry decide not to burn!
The lifetime of PM 2.5 particle pollution is from days to weeks and their travel
distance ranges from 100 to greater than 1000 kilometers (NRDC, 2000)
Could you live like I am forced to? When you read about the harmful effects of
smoke you more than likely will at sometime in your life.
Maximum daily/hourly doses of Symbicort, Singulair, Intal Forte, Foradile, Alvesco,
Atrovent, Ventolin, Prednisolone, Clexane, Warfarin, Panadine Forte, Endone,
Hospitalised with Chronic Airflow limitation – in other words can’t breathe. Painful
procedure to take arterial blood to monitor blood gasses. Insert cannula into other
arm for ‘normal’ bloods. X-Ray, pain in chest, distress.
Sat in chair unable to breathe, locked away in .home detention. for weeks
breathing smoke trying to recuperate. Health Department says to stay indoors but
according to a builder friend it is all but impossible to air tight a home, and I know
this from my engineering background, so I was still inhaling smoke that had
reached unity indoors, i.e., unity = 1, or as bad indoors as outdoors.
Asthma exacerbation continued. Hospitalized second time. Cannula. Ultrasound,
clots in leg and DVT. Nuclear scans, clots travelled to lungs. Introduced injections
and blood thinning pills, pain relief.
Hospitalized again 3rd time for pain relief of clots in the leg. Put on max panadine
forte and Endone. Leg is all swollen, can barely walk even when on max meds
because of pain.
Awake at night, every night for months now. Usually only get 2 hours sleep because
of pain and medication side effects.
Respiratory specialist attendance.
Follow up nuclear scans and x-Ray requiring cannula.
4th admittance to Accident and Emergency, sudden onset short of breath, lung pain,
X-Ray, cannula, bloods.
Cardiac specialist for echo cardiogram to see if clots have damaged my heart
Further respiratory specialist visits, various GP visits, pathology visits for blood,
vascular specialist visit to sort out leg pain/clots, and so on scheduled for down the
track. This is coming out of your health budget!
22/4/2010 – Further harm
I woke from three hours sleep with blood coming freely out of the tissue in my lips,
tongue, inside my cheeks, and inside my throat.
The close-up picture of my wiped mouth clearly shows the process.
I have been on blood thinners since the smoke from the 2008 planned burn season
when I suffered severe asthma, clots, below the knee DVT, and PE’s in both lungs.
Since then I have had trouble regulating my blood thinners whilst the elevated
smoke levels go up and down, and as a result of the smoke I am also forced at times
to take corticosteroids, antibiotics, and pain killers concurrently.
It is known that having to take these drugs together can result in heightened blood
thinning but I have no choice. It is also known that fine particle pollution (smoke)
causes blood thickening, but these highs and lows do not counteract each other;
hence the problems stabilising blood readings.
I believe we have been exposed to criminal levels of particulate pollution from the
failed Forest Practices Authority’s Co-ordinated Smoke Management Smoke
Strategy (CSMS) trials that aim to put as much smoke as they can into the
atmosphere for people to breathe, and my photos clearly show the outcome.
Had these bleeds occurred in my eye, brain or gut, which was a real possibility, then
the outcome would have been catastrophic. This could still happen.
Winning Small Claims Court Action
Québec court Small claims division
Date : April 21, 2010
1. The plaintiffs claim $7000 in damages and interest of the respondent,
their neighbor, who would have abused their right to use a wood stove
which caused the plaintiffs a prejudice.
2. The respondent contests the claim for motives described below.
The facts :
3. The facts retained by predominance of the proof are as following :
4. In 2003 and 2004, the parties are neighbors on 102nd St. in Notre
Dame de Ile-Perrot…
5. At this time, the plaintiffs complained to the respondent and asked
that they stop using their wood stove because of the smoke that
inconvenienced the plaintiffs.
6. In 2006, the situation has not been resolved. Giulia has developed
breathing problems and makes a complaint to the municipality.
7. The inspector visits the respondent’s home and concludes that the
emissions from the respondent’s chimney does not constitute a
nuisance according to municipal bylaws…
8. At this time, fireman Michael B. is also asked to verify if the wood
stove and the chimney of the respondents are in conformity with the
bylaws. He discovers that there is a small section missing in the
outside chimney. The respondents add the missing section.
9. In 2006, the respondents stopped using their wood stove on June 11
and begin again 26 August. At this time, the plaintiff sent a demand
letter to the respondents asking that they stop using their woodstove in
an abusive fashion because it causes her many inconveniences
(headaches, nausea, smoke in the house, etc.) as well as to the rest of
10. The respondent responds by letter saying that they have the right to
use their wood stove adding that other neighbors also use their wood
11. In December 2006, the plaintiff began legal proceedings against the
respondent. Legal procedures began in January 2010 claiming $7000
in damages and interests for the time period of 2006 to 2009
12. Except during the months of July and August of each year, the
respondents say that they use their wood stove from four o’clock to
the next morning. They also heat through electricity, but use their
wood stove to reduce their heating costs.
13. In 2008, the plaintiff consults allergy and asthma specialist. In a letter
dated June 3, 2008, he states that Ms. D’Alesio suffers from moderate
allergies to cats and to dust, making her more sensitive to the smoke
from the wood stove.
Pertinent legal articles:
(The judge used the following articles from the Québec Civil Code : 6,7,
976, 1375, 1457. The translation of these sections of the Civil Code should
be available on the Internet.)
24. The respondent is therefore responsible for the prejudice caused to the
25. Given the elements described above, the court concludes that an amount
of $3200 is adequate to indemnify the plaintiffs in terms of damages and
BOZO of the Month
This month’s Bozo is Brantford, Ontario Canada
Here is how Brantford describes itself:
The City of Brantford welcomes you to our corner of southern
Ontario. We invite you to enjoy our hometown hospitality and
the natural beauty of our landscape and waterways – all of
which make our city a choice destination!
Not quite how a resident described it when she emailed to me! She is
being doused in wood smoke from a neighbor’s continual burning and
there is nothing she can do. Complaints to the town council were
useless as the appliance met code. It is one thing for an appliance to
meet code but another as to how it is being used. When someone
burns and causes such distress to their neighbors, one has to wonder
if the sitting council has any idea how dangerous this smoke is.
Why does the burner have more rights than those that want to breathe
clean air in their own homes?
How awful to think that they cannot come up with a bylaw to stop this
kind of thing. I bet they would if they were in this woman’s shoes! But,
they are not. So, they quote the old “ there is no bylaw”. So, make
one and prove you do care about your residents!
Brown Adipose Tissue
Everyone is familiar with white adipose or fat tissue, which provides
insulation and, by storing triglyceride, serves as an energy depot. Many
mammals also have brown adipose tissue, which also stores triglyceride, but
has the unique ability to generate heat.
Brown adipose tissue is sometimes mistaken for a type of gland, which it
resembles more than white adipose tissue. It varies in color from dark red to
tan, reflecting lipid content. Its lipid reserves are depleted when the animal is
exposed to a cold environment, and the color darkens. In contrast to white
fat, brown fat is richly vascularized and has numerous unmyelinated nerves
which provide sympathetic stimulation to the adipocytes.
Cell Biology and Function
Brown fat is of particular importance in neonates, small mammals in cold
environments, and animals that hibernate, because it has the ability to
dissipate stored energy as heat.
In contrast to other cells, including white adipocytes,brown adipocytes
express mitochondrial uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), which gives the cell’s
mitochondria an ability to uncouple oxidative phosphorylation and utilize
substrates to generate heat rather than ATP.
Exposure to cold leads to sympathetic stimulation of brown adipocyte via
norepinephrine binding to beta- adrenergic receptors. As in white fat,
sympathetic stimulation promotes hydrolysis of triglyceride, with release of
fatty acids and glycerol. However, within brown adipocytes, most fatty acids
are immediately oxidized in mitochondria and, because of the uncoupling
protein, a large amount of heat is produced. This process is part of what is
called non-shivering thermogenesis.
The heat produced in brown fat can actually be imaged using a thermal
(infrared) camera. If one takes such a picture of an unswaddled infant
sleeping at room temperature, "hot spots" can be seen in the skin overlying
brown fat deposits in the neck and interscapular area.
Brown fat thermogenesis also seems to be of considerable importance to
animals coming out of hibernation, allowing them to rewarm.
Finally, it seems that brown fat plays a non-trivial role in control of body
weight, and that mitochondrial uncoupling proteins may be one of many
factors involved in development of obesity. An interesting demonstration of
this is found in a report in which transgenic mice with genetic ablation of
brown fat developed obesity in the absence of overeating.
Editorial comment: External heat appears to be a luxury for modern society
and unnecessary for basic health. Children do not need all that heat, having
lots of brown fat.
Do the Crime, Do the Time
PGAQ #114 by Vic Steblin, May 8, 2009
2570 Laurier Crescent, Prince George, BC, 250-564-1123,
The Prince George Free Press newspaper recently presented a letter from
Edward Mazur called “Do the crime, do the time”, in regards to driving
habits. BC’s solicitor general and public safety officer, John Van Dongen,
resigned because of too many speeding tickets. The letter also points out that
Premier Gordon Campbell did not resign over his drunk driving conviction
The letter ends with “If you kill someone with a gun you can get around 25
years in jail. If you kill a family while you are impaired you will likely get
no more than two years in jail. It doesn’t seem right.”
Now consider the results of wood smoke. As far as I can see, nobody gets
any time at all for filling the air with wood smoke. Our government actually
encourages the use of wood as a way of reducing the fossil fuel carbon
dioxide from natural gas, although the particulate from wood smoke is many
times that of natural gas.
“Do the crime, do the time” is ignored for wood smoke although the end
result to overall health may be many times worse than drunk driving.
Vic Steblin email@example.com
BSc Honours Math, MA Math Education from UBC
Currently teaching math in a secondary school in Prince George, B.C.
Black carbon, organic carbon (soot)
Blue is cold, red is hot
A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to global
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June… school will soon be out and family time together begins. So many
things to do and see while we have the summer months to share with our
children and grandchildren!
Many parents are hoping that the wood burning is finished until cold weather
sets in again. Not always!
Beware… campfires, a thing we enjoyed as children, are beginning. We didn’t
know then what we know now about wood smoke. Wood smoke is very toxic
and especially hazardous to young lungs. Also, many campfires are filled with
assorted other things on top of plain wood. Breathing this in has sent many
youngsters to the emergency room!
Open burning is banned now in many municipalities. Please check your bylaws
and, if open burning is not allowed, do not hesitate to call in a complaint and
have the fire put out.
Smoke from outdoor fires does enter your home. The particles are so tiny that
they easily get into your home even if your windows are closed.
Another issue is the OWBs that some people are using to heat their pools with.
Incredible as it sounds, some people think nothing of saving themselves a few
pennies at a great cost to your health and enjoyment of your own property.
Again, call and lay a complaint. It may not get stopped as easily as an open fire
but, with enough people complaining about OWBs, the faster these monsters
will be laid to rest.
When our municipalities realize that we are determined to take back what is
rightfully ours .. clean air to breathe .. we will reach our goal.
Burning is an option, breathing is not!
(Names are omitted unless permission is given .. please send me your story)
Victim’s letter to the EPA
I am a citizen who got cancer and had a heart valve put into my heart due to my neighbors
CONSTANT, CONTINUOUS 24 HOUR A DAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK blowing of
smoke from their outdoor wood boiler into our home. Our daughter has GRAND MAL
SEIZURES every single time the smoke gets in her room. We have both been treated
numerous times for CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. Our state has tested this boiler
and determined it to be well ABOVE THE LIMIT where they would issue air quality alerts.
It is 800 FEET FROM OUR HOME!!!!!
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ARE CONSIDERING ALLOWING THESE THINGS TO
I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ARE ACTUALLY ASKING THE MANUFACTURERS FOR
WHAT ABOUT ALL OF US OUT THERE SUFFERING AND DYING FROM THESE
You are the ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency and you ALLOW these things to
Please, in this day and age you are advocating wood burning???????
Why are you allowing these MONSTERS to continue to harm innocent people???? We live
up wind 800 feet from this monster and it covers our home with smoke damage (see the
pictures.) I have before and after pictures, with the after pictures taken just months after
this thing was installed. YOU ARE ALLOWING THIS???? All of your
.recommendations. are ridiculous. SMOKE TRAVELS MORE THAN 800 feet to get to
my house. And it gives us carbon monoxide poisoning. Our house is the white house behind
the offending home in the picture. Our windows face this monster. We are directly above it.
Do you realize how HIGH a smoke stack would have to be to get it over our home????
Our state health department said it would cause cancer, breathing problems, seizures and
heart problems AND IT DID!!!!!
How can you protect these monsters who manufacture this and ignore us innocent people
FORCED BY OUR GOVERNMENT TO ENDURE THIS HEINOUS ACT
PURPETRATED ON OUR HEALTH??????
PLEASE call me and explain why I have to continue to breathe this air. I cannot sell my
house, I cannot breathe, I have to watch my daughter suffer. I had to endure surgery and
radiation. I was perfectly healthy before this burner started pouring smoke into my
HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO US??????
You are supposed to PROTECT us!!!!!
Teaming Up With Others: Strength In Numbers
Like tobacco smoke, wood smoke can be banned or regulated in cities or states. Our
national elected officials also need to hear from us. Please contact any of the names
below–you do not have to live in their area to build our network. Nor do you have
to leave your name if you prefer not to. But we all need to build a network for
strength in numbers.
Here is a partial list of contacts who are working on wood smoke issues from
various states and regions. Please click here to email me if you are willing to have
your email address or other information published in this newsletter monthly to
connect with others.
Web site: http://WoodBurnerSmoke.net
Web site: http://www.woodsmokefreeny.com
Web site: http://www.takebacktheair.com
Prince George, British Columbia,
Short Letters about Air Quality are
listed in OPINION section of
"A breath of fresh air – for all generations"
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
19 Johnson Hts.,
Waterville, Maine USA 04901
Phone and fax (514) 425-5288
All burning results in very fine micro particulates and there is no safe level of this
asbestos sized, dangerous air pollutant. Solid fuels, such as pellets and especially wood,
produce more smoke and emit more fine particulate air pollutants than cleaner fuels such
as gas and electricity.
NEW TO CANADA
Canadian Clean Air Alliance
A totally new Canadian site that deals with wood smoke pollution.
Open to all countries!
Our mission is to educate public officials, government and all citizens
about wood smoke as a major form of hazardous air pollution that
affects our health, use of our property, water, crops, livestock, the
environment and climate change. We urge citizens everywhere to press
for legislative changes to call wood smoke a public nuisance under state
health codes and to ban all wood burning.”
“Breathing wood smoke is smoking!”
We are looking to include every province in Canada.
Please email to Shirley to start a provincial page for your province.
Photos and Videos
Just a few photos to show to your public officials and others you want to convince
that only a ban on smoke release will change this!
Click here for videos
To see some photos that victims of wood smoke have sent click here
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Take Back The Air
LINKS & MORE
Click here for a heart-breaking story & video of a family subjected to wood smoke.
Click here to see Clive Stott’s peaceful, but meaningful protest of forestry burning
My PowerPoint Show Chase, B.C. video
If your health has been affected by exposure to chromated copper arsenate
(CCA) pressure treated wood, please visit: http://noccawood.ca
http://www.canadiancleanairalliance.ca Please visit us here!
http://www.alap.qc.ca Quebec Association for clean air –French & English
Please take a minute to sign the petition there.
http://rawsep.spaces.live.com Residents against wood smoke emission particulates
http://rodfarmer40.blogspot.com A blog dedicated to shaming the Launceston City
Council and Tasmanian State Government to start enforcing wood smoke legislation in
“Burning 2 cords of wood produces the same amount of mutagenic (capable of
causing cell mutations that can cause cancer) particles as driving 13 gasoline-
powered cars 10,000 miles each at 20 miles/gallon. These figures indicate that
the worst contribution that an individual is likely to make to the mutagenicity of
the air is using a wood stove for heating, followed by a diesel car.” (Dr. Joellen
Lewtas, Contribution of Source Emissions of the Mutagenicity of Ambient Urban
Air Particles. U.S., EPA, #91-131.6, 1991)
Canadian Action Activities
Wood smoke is a major problem in all of America and Canada.
National efforts are gaining momentum. Regardless of where we live,
our actions should focus on getting our national governments to
regulate wood smoke. To make an impact, if each reader calls or emails
each of these contacts, we can move mountains.
Go for it now!
Health Canada assesses scientific evidence about the health effects of wood smoke
and makes this information available to Canadians. Health Canada is also working
with other government departments to determine the best ways to minimize risks
associated with wood smoke.
In addition, Health Canada is a contributor to the Burn it Smart! Campaign
sponsored by Natural Resources Canada.
Environment Canada: www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair
Health Canada: email@example.com
Air Health Effects Division, Safe Environments Program, Health Canada
400 Cooper Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9 Telephone: (613) 957-1876
Natural Resources Canada Burn it Smart! Sir William Logan Building,
11th Floor, 580 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4
Write or email to your local council & MPs to request that they create or amend a
bylaw to cover nuisance smoke. Preferably, a ban on all wood burning in residential
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has released the latest news on Smog
Click here for the Canadian Bill of Rights You can apply for a review here.
U.S. Action Activities
URGENT—Immediate Action ALWAYS Needed
A new EPA-certified wood stove promotion gives a 30% tax credit and a
huge discount to the public. It is being funded by stimulus money from
the US government. This flies in the face of the known hazards of wood
smoke that the EPA acknowledges on their website. If we don’t stop our
states’ stimulus money from funding this major promotion, it will be
next to impossible to regulate or ban wood burning in any form.
If you have never protested wood smoke or called your public officials
before, this is the time to do it!
. Contact your US Senators and Representatives, as well as your state
Senators and Representatives and City Council members. Ask them
to see that the stimulus money does not go towards this promotion.
It is crucial to let your elected officials know that you don’t want the
stimulus money used for this promotion in your community—but
only to apply to gas or electric technology. (California has a change-
out program that only allows swap-outs to gas or electric.)
. Let them know that wood smoke is a major health hazard and is a
major contributor to global warming.
. Send an email to others and ask them for their help too. (See
suggested email below).
. Be sure to call your US legislators and State legislators and City
Council Members, to alert them to the problem and asking for their
help too in keeping new EPA certified wood burning equipment out
of your community, even if a state-wide promotion allows them.
. If we don’t stop this unthinkable promotion, there is little hope for a
healthy legacy for our children and grandchildren.
Action #1- Suggested message for calling and emailing U.S. legislators
and state legislators. Please also relay on to others and urge them to
Dear (elected official):
Please use your influence to disallow stimulus money to be used for EPA
wood stove promotion in (your state and/or your community.)
According to the EPA’s own website, wood smoke is a killer responsible
for premature deaths nation-wide at a rate of 3% of the total deaths
every year from fine particle pollution. (Harvard School of Public
Health). That is close to 73,000 people in the U.S. each year–an
epidemic! Wood smoke is extremely hazardous for children, the elderly
and especially those with asthma. Asthma is already the number one
reason for school absenteeism. It is even implicated in sudden infant
Our states are looking for ways to limit fine particulate pollution and
better air quality. This should be a .no-brainer.. Wood smoke emits
over 9,600 % more lead than natural gas, according to the EPA’s own
data. It also emits arsenic, mercury, formaldehyde, polyaromatic
hydrocarbons and dioxins, persistent organic compounds that do not
break down in the environment or in human lungs, crops, soil and water
supply. See http://BurningIssues.org for the facts.
Please do not allow stimulus money to be used for promoting more
(Sign your name and contact info)
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