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Skip the Wood Burning, Be a #CleanAirChampion

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:02 am
by Wilberforce
Skip the Wood Burning, Be a #CleanAirChampion
by slcgreen on December 27, 2017

Did you know? One wood fireplace emits the same amount of particulate pollution as 90 SUVs and one wood-burning stove pollutes as much as 3,000 natural gas furnaces.

This week’s Clean Air Champion tip is about wood burning.

Even though burning wood is festive at this time of year, it’s a significant polluter (estimated to contribute 5-26% of total pollution on a winter day, according to a presentation from Dr. Kelly Kerry to UCAIR).

Before you burn, make sure to check to see if it’s a no burn day.

The Salt Lake County Health Department prohibits burning solid fuel in fireplaces or wood burning stoves and bans outdoor fires (including bonfires, patio pits, and charcoal grill fires) on days that the State of Utah designates as either mandatory or voluntary air action (no burn) days.

You can check (updated hourly) to see if mandatory action is in effect. This page also has in-depth information about pollutant levels, trends, and forecasts for each county.

Up to 70% of the wood smoke that exits a home’s chimney re-enters nearby homes—so if you’re not breathing it, your neighbors probably are. Wood smoke is particularly damaging to lungs and cardiovascular systems– particularly for sensitive groups.

That’s why, in Salt Lake County, the Health Department investigates complaints of wood burning on air action days and may issue a notice of violation.

The State of Utah also dispatches compliance officers to investigate wood smoke. Violations for wood burning on mandatory days now result in a first penalty of $150 and further penalties up to $299 per day.

So be sure to check the burn forecast if you’re hankering for that real fire.

Better yet, use your TV and create that fire-like ambiance (with crackling effects!) via YouTube or an app.

Skipping the wood fire is an easy and impactful way to make a difference this year on air quality. Thank you for being a #CleanAirChampion!

If you encounter someone burning wood on a voluntary or mandatory action day?

->Click here to report wood burning on **mandatory** action days to the State Department of Environmental Quality <-

-> Click here to report wood burning violations for **voluntary** or mandatory action days in Salt Lake County. <-

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More than half of British children exposed to illegal levels of air pollution, Labour analysis reveals

All children in London live in areas where toxic air exceeds legal limits.

Chloe Chaplain

More than half of all children in the UK are living in areas with illegal levels of air pollution, shocking new figures have revealed.

Around 8.3 million children live in local authority areas where levels of harmful pollutants exceeded legal limits in 2015.

The number equates to 61 per cent of all under 18s who are being exposed to illegal levels of the dangerous nitrogen dioxide, Labour party analysis has suggested.

The figures, taken from documents in the House of Commons Library, suggests around 2.5 million of those affected are under five-years-old.

All children in London face illegal pollution levels, as the air quality limits were exceeded in all boroughs in the capital.

And outside London, Yorkshire and the Humber was the worst affected region, with an estimated 83 per cent of youngsters living in areas with illegal pollution.

These were followed by the North East, North West and West Midlands.

Most of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide is produced by road transport, particularly diesel vehicles.

Toxic air causes an estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK and is linked to health problems from childhood illnesses to heart disease and even dementia. It is also thought to affect children's development.

In July ministers unveiled court-mandated plans for meeting the European Union limits on the pollutant after a long-running battle with legal charity ClientEarth.

The Government was ordered to produce the latest air pollution plans after the courts ruled previous proposals were insufficient to meet EU pollution limits, which the UK has breached since the rules came into effect in 2010.

But official estimates suggest compliance for levels of nitrogen dioxide will not be met until 2026.

Sue Hayman, shadow environment secretary, said: "With the majority of our young people now growing up in areas that breach air quality limits it's clear the UK is in the middle of a dirty air emergency.

"Dirty air is a clear and present health hazard; it can take years off a person's life.

"Cleaning up our air should be a national priority, unfortunately this Tory Government - which once promised to be the 'greenest ever' - has allowed the situation to escalate into a public health emergency on their watch.

"We need to act, to protect the health of all our children and the wellbeing of the country. That's why Labour has promised a new Clean Air Act to get a grip on pollution before it's too late."

An Environment Department (Defra) spokesman said: "Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.

"We will also end the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040, and next year we will publish a comprehensive clean air strategy which will set out further steps to tackle air pollution."

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