Bid to educate on wood smoke

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Bid to educate on wood smoke

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:18 pm

Bid to educate on wood smoke
March 25, 2014, 1 a.m.

Bid to educate on wood smoke

A ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Authority winter initiative has been endorsed by Northern Midlands Council.

A report from EPA, detailing above-average wood smoke pollution for Longford, was received by the council at its general meeting last week.

Northern Midlands Mayor Kim Polley said EPA would measure air quality in the region to help identify high-emission homes.

Cr Polley said the program would focus on education and would not be a punitive process for residents.

She said a presentation about the dangers of fine particle pollution outlined the importance of cutting wood smoke pollution in the municipality.

"I think this is something really important for the area," Cr Polley said.

"Once we get it out there and people start to think about wood smoke next door - it's not going to be punitive - it will educate people on how to improve their own health and everybody else's."

An agenda report said once high- output homes were identified, council officers could provide written information and visit residents regarding wood heater efficiency.

Council acting general manager Maree Bricknell said University of Tasmania student Olivia Johnston would also roll out the UTAS Firebox Project in the region.

Ms Johnston's project, run under the Menzies Research Institute of Tasmania, will be conducted in May and June.

Ms Bricknell said residents would be invited to burn a free SmartBurn canister in their heaters to test the device's effectiveness at cutting pollution.

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Re: Bid to educate on wood smoke

Postby swiper » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:19 am

Smart Burn canisters.
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