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Allegheny County must do more to stop wood smoke pollution

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:06 pm

Allegheny County must do more to stop wood smoke pollution
June 17, 2015 12:00 AM

In regard to “It’s a Burning Issue: Allegheny County Has New Regulations to Reduce Pollution” (June 11 Perspectives): I acknowledge the Allegheny County Health Department as it takes initial steps to address the often-ignored issue of wood smoke pollution. But from a public health perspective, this is too little too late.

In a county plagued with air quality issues, wood smoke contributes a significant 18 percent of fine-particulate pollution to the air. This is a truly preventable problem that deserves more attention.

While I am excited that the county is taking a harder look at wood smoke pollution, I am discouraged that it supports the purchase of cleaner burning devices. Even EPA-certified wood burners can have negative impacts to surrounding communities. This is why many urban areas prohibit burning altogether. Ask residents who live in neighborhoods with wood burning, and they will tell you that cleaner burners are still dangerous and a nuisance.

The Allegheny County Health Department should be encouraging citizens to turn away from wood burners entirely and instead make heating choices that better protect the air we all share.

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Clean Air Council

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• 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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