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Victory for clean air and everyone's health!

Postby pm2.5mary » Tue May 13, 2008 7:48 pm

The chronic burner lost. He and his wife are ordered to pay his victims, $270,000. It is on our website under LEGAL.
Hamilton, Ontario
Reason for Judgment as a PDF.

There are more cases in the works, let us hope this bodes well for protecting us all. It's about time!
"Particulate pollution is the most important contaminant in our air. ...we know that when particle levels go up, people die. " (Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health, E Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2002)
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Postby turning_blue » Wed May 14, 2008 10:06 am

This is great news! It really is A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!

No pun intended
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Postby Wilberforce » Wed May 14, 2008 12:36 pm

One day (one day soon, that is) such an event as this would be prosecuted as a criminal case,
rather than as an expensive drawn-out civil legal battle. For example, if those neighbors had
dumped a small amount of potassium cyanide into the plaintiff's well, this would have been the
case. Why then is it acceptable to "dump" poison into the community airshed? It really amounts
to the same thing. The only distinction is that one medium is in liquid phase (the well water)
while the other is in gas phase (the airshed.)

Poison is poison, any way you take it. Whether you swallow it, or whether you breathe it.

One day, no one will have to be concerned with such horrific air pollution, in that the only sources
of energy will be non-combustive. Must we continue to burn things to create energy? There
is plenty of energy available in the form of infrared radiation (solar), atmospheric instability (wind),
and hydroelectric (gravity.) There is more energy in the earth itself (as magma) than we could
ever use. Nuclear fusion will soon be developed to the point of commercial feasibility. Shall we get
going on these "carbon-neutral" energy sources, or maybe wait yet another century?

Or should we keep on "burnin' oil"?

Or the utterly outdated practice of burning severed trees?
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