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2014 Jan. 1: Wood Smoke Activist Newsletter Jan. 2014

2014 Jan. 1: Wood Smoke Activist Newsletter Jan. 2014

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Announcement: Jan. 8, 2014, 2-3 PM E.S.Time, Mom’s Clean Air Task Force Mtg. link

There’s a virtual townhall with Gina McCarthy and Janet McCabe on January 8, 2014, from 2 to 3 est.

https://www.facebook.com/events/179785505552076/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

It’s sponsored by Mom’s Clean Air Force, which is funded by EDF.  Since it’s focused on air issues, it’s a great opportunity to post questions/comments about the wood smoke problem and the upcoming NSPS.  It sounds like it’s via Twitter, so I have no idea how that works. But, it’s an opportunity for us

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2013 Dec. 24: EPA violations report form (for wood smoke complaint report)

Below is a link to an EPA website to file a notice of environmental violations.  Can you  post a link to this on your website encouraging everyone with a hydronic heater complaint to file with the EPA.  This will get us more on the radar.
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FILE HYDRONIC HEATER COMPLAINTS WITH EPA – detail pollution, health impacts, and State and Local Agency action or lack thereof impacting your family

Link to EPA Form:

Key parts to form  and example of information to include:
Characterized incident as:Intent:         Intentional

Type:           Release

Media:         Air

Entity:          Individual

 

Description of incident or hazard:  High amounts of PM 2.5, PAHs,  and VOC’s from a hydronic wood furnace located at _______________. (Briefly detail actions of any public agencies contacted in your State. )This is affecting (detail your household —- a family with young children, elderly or other family members with existing or new health issues and detail any visits to doctors or medications issued as a result of the ground level pollution).   Our State agency or EPA  should enforce the Clean Air Act. We are reviewing our options to include the FBI as to why there is no enforcement or relief for our family. This is criminal!

 

Specific Directions:  Hydronic heater is located at ___________________.

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2013 Dec. 15: WI Lacrosse: OWBs pose risk

Increased exposure to outdoor wood-fired boilers could be dangerous to human health. 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, people who breathe wood smoke and creosote on a regular basis have the potential to develop respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

Particulate matter, a toxic air pollutant found in wood smoke, can seep into the lungs and cause eye and nose irritation, headache, wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing.

People who are diagnosed with heart disease, asthma, emphysema or other respiratory diseases are at a higher risk than those without.  Senior citizens and young children are also more susceptible.

Whether a person will develop health problems from outdoor wood-fired boilers depends on how often he or she is exposed to the smoke.

 

David Liebl, pollution prevention specialist with UW-Cooperative Extension, said pollution can be especially bad in areas that have high ridges and low valleys. Smoke generated by outdoor wood-fired boilers is stronger than other kinds of smoke because the boiler maintains slower, cooler fires.

Outdoor wood-fired boilers can also be installed in poor locations and therefore cause more smoke to enter a home.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Admini-stration, about 9 percent ofWisconsin homes use wood to heat their home. According to the American Census Bureau, 18 percent ofVernon County and 17 percent of Crawford County households rely on wood to heat their homes.

“The main problem with wood smoke exposure is that wood smoke travels very easily into homes,” he said. “It can have a significant impact of people nearby.”

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