2011 Aug. 5: CT: Letter to ALAUM: Your official position on outdoor wood furnaces is not strong enough to protect human health.

2011 Aug. 5: CT: Letter to ALAUM: Your official position on outdoor wood furnaces is not strong enough to protect human health.

ALAUM Policy on Residential Wood Stoves.pdf

To American Lung – Upper Midwest
Angela Tin, Vice President, Environmental Health
Friday, August 5, 2011
Although you layout the issues of outdoor wood furnaces very clearly in the “Background,” “Operating Issues,” “Public Health Concerns,” of your letter —- your position on what to do about the harmful effects of outdoor wood furnaces is completely inadequate — and especially for an organization whose main mission is to protect lung health.
Simply calling for “effective enforcement of existing laws” in no way will protect health. The only two states that have laws effective enough to protect health if enforced — are Washington State and Oregon —- where outdoor wood furnaces are not allowed.
Environment and Human Health,, Inc. monitored the wood smoke emissions that entered neighbor’s homes from outdoor wood furnaces —and that report clearly shows that the existing regulations in no way protect lung health or people’s general health. As well, calling for further research is simply a delay – when science already knows how harmful breathing in wood smoke 24/7 is to peoples’ health– particularly to their respiratory systems that American Lung is meant to help protect.
Environment and Human Health, Inc. writes to inform American Lung-Upper Midwest how disappointed we are in the position on outdoor wood furnaces that you have taken. A much stronger position is warranted, considering how dangerous outdoor wood furnaces are to human health.
You can find our report on the harmful effects of outdoor wood furnaces at http://www.ehhi.org/reports/woodsmoke/woodsmoke_report_ehhi_1010.pdf
Nancy Alderman, President
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
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Nancy Alderman, President
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
1191 Ridge Road
North Haven, CT 06473
(phone) 203-248-6582
(Fax) 203-288-7571
http://www.ehhi.org
http://ehhijournal.org
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