Letter: Right to clean air escapes the DEC

Personal Situations - Problems or Solutions.

Moderator: pm2.5mary

Letter: Right to clean air escapes the DEC

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:20 pm

Smoke from a neighbor's wood boiler drifts across the East Nassau yard of John and Bonnie Lichak.
(Photo provided by the Lichaks.)

Letter: Right to clean air escapes the DEC
To the editor
Published 8:56 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013

I would like to elaborate on a couple of issues in The Advocate column ("Where there's dense smoke there's ire," Jan. 13):

As a retired employee of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in the Division of Air Resources, the 1971 law referenced does protect the Lichaks' right to clean air. The law contains the general nuisance provision that prohibits emissions of air contaminants to the outdoor atmosphere in either quantity, characteristic or duration that would unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property.

Further, DEC's mission states: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."

If DEC wants to pass the ball because the problem now originates from inside the neighbor's dwelling, why will the state Department of Health not step up? Its mission is as follows: "We protect, improve and promote the health, productivity and well-being of all New Yorkers."

This is a bureaucratic nightmare for this family and government at its worst. The Lichaks have fought to get their home back and they have tried to work within a system that seems to offer no protection to the citizens.

This situation of one home's wood smoke impacting the health of a neighboring family occurs all around our state.

Averill Park

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/artic ... 226310.php
• 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!
User avatar
Posts: 6106
Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:36 pm
Location: USA

Re: Letter: Right to clean air escapes the DEC

Postby CheeliMer » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:07 pm

It agree, it is the remarkable answer
User avatar
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:50 am
Location: Russia

Return to Opinion Letters, Blogs, and Discussion Groups

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests