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Burning solid fuel yields particulate pollution - solid particles smaller than a red blood cell which have been implicated in 30,000 deaths in the US and 2.1 million deaths world wide per year. . "Particulate pollution is the most important contaminant in our air. ...we know that when particle levels go up, people die1. " Indeed, wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than tobacco2.
1. Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, E Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2002
“Each year, smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces contributes over 420,000 tons of fine particles throughout the country – mostly during the winter months. Nationally, residential wood combustion accounts for 44 percent of total stationary and mobile polycyclic organic matter (POM) emissions and 62 percent of the 7-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are probable human carcinogens and are of great concern to EPA.”3
3. Strategies for Reducing Residential Wood Smoke. EPA
Document # EPA-456/B-09-001, September 2009. Prepared by
Outreach and Information Division, Air Quality Planning
Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC
27711. pp. 4-5.
The Wood Smoke Issue: Comparison of Fuel Emissions
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