But if we just say no?

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But if we just say no?

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:40 pm

But if we just say no?

Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2012 11:03 pm | Updated: 11:03 pm, Sat Sep 8, 2012.

We could just flat out refuse to participate in any further wood smoke clean-up programs. We could chose to no longer work on the problem and it sounds as though Commissioner Dennis Linthicum and candidate Tom Mallams are so inclined. What do we stand to win and to lose with this approach?

Since neither EPA nor DEQ has the authority or ability to regulate local woodstove use, if the county gets out of the enforcement program, we would all be free to burn wood on all days throughout the winter.

Based on our prior experience this would be a step backward. Air quality would deteriorate and we would probably stay in non-attainment for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, in the absence of a local plan to deal with the problem, the EPA would effectively make it impossible for new industry with any emission at all to locate in Klamath Falls and it would slowly tighten the screws on existing industry emission levels.

In addition, new and expanding federal programs which might add to PM 2.5 emissions would face tighter scrutiny. For example, the Air Guard expansion required an environmental assessment which considered its impact on air quality. Finally, federal transportation dollars will get restricted. Hopefully someone has determined whether or not federal pass-through dollars in the Oregon Department of Transportation’s budget would be impacted.

Since our problem is wood smoke from woodstoves, none of the above EPA-driven steps will correct the problem. What they will do is effectively shut down any future industrial recruitment and make it increasingly difficult for existing industry.

— Jeff Ball

http://www.heraldandnews.com/article_e0 ... f887a.html
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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