Smog warning in effect; wood burning illegal in Montreal

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Smog warning in effect; wood burning illegal in Montreal

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:37 pm

Smog warning in effect; wood burning illegal in Montreal

Environment Canada has issued a smog warning, which for Montrealers means no wood burning is allowed until the warning is lifted.
Michelle Lalonde, Montreal Gazette Michelle Lalonde, Montreal Gazette

Published on: December 17, 2017 | Last Updated: December 17, 2017 5:34 PM EST

Environment Canada issued a smog warning Sunday for Montreal Island, Châteauguay, Laval and Longueuil/Varennes. For those who live within city of Montreal limits, that means no wood burning until the warning is lifted.

Montreal’s bylaw on the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, which forbids wood burning during smog warnings, came into force in August 2015. Environment Canada said high levels of pollutants were expected to begin Sunday evening and persist until Monday morning.

Smog and wood smoke aggravate symptoms in people who suffer from respiratory ailments and heart disease. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of emissions from wood burning. Fine particulate pollution penetrates deep into the lungs, aggravating symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.

More restrictions outlined in Montreal’s wood-burning bylaw will come into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. At that time, no wood burning will be allowed at any time unless it is done in a stove or fireplace certified not to emit more than 2.5 grams of fine particulate pollution per hour. Currently, wood burning during smog warnings is illegal, even in these highly efficient appliances.

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