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The Importance of Clean Air
Clean Air Revival provides public education about the medical hazards of exposure to wood smoke and other fine particulate pollution. Smoke from residential burning of wood and coal, wood burning restaurants and outdoor burning of wood, leaves, crops, tires and debris is permeating our neighborhoods, resulting in high ground level concentrations of toxic air pollution.
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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

2. Wm. A Pryor, Persistent Free Radicals in Woodsmoke: An ESR Spin Trapping Study, Free Radical Biology and Medicine 1989, 7(1): 17-21


“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 home heating

All combustion 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 many orders of magnitude more smoke & fine particulate air pollutants than cleaner fuels.

 

 

Latest Wood Smoke News:

March 9, 2009 - Connecticut Legislature considers HB6616 An Act Establishing Wood Smoke to be a Public Nuisance
Let us emphasize Climate Neutral rather than Carbon Neutral because Wood Smoke definitely harms the climate.
Since the high costs of energy is an important reason that causes wood burners to burn. We suggest that you understand and support the Energy Initiative by Al Gore.
EPA Report showing that certified wood stoves deteriorate over time.
World Health Organization: 2 million premature deaths every year due to air pollution. They urge cleaning up the air.
Wood smoke from heating and cooking raises lung cancer risk. Featured Health Science: Reuters Health
Outdoor wood burning fireplaces and fire pits are selling like hot cakes all around the United States. Special Report.
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