2011 Aug. 18: COMMENT on Lawsuit against EPA targets exemptions for wood-burning power plants

2011 Aug. 18: COMMENT on Lawsuit against EPA targets exemptions for wood-burning power plants

You’re right about PM2.5 contributing to climate change. What’s even more alarming is the PM2.5, which is commonly referred to as “soot” or “black carbon,” is now found on glaciers causing them to melt: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091214173658.htm

However, some climate scientists estimate that we could reverse this trend quickly by reducing biomass burning. But rather than focus on all biomass sources, especially residential wood burning devices like OWBs in the U.S., some well-intended people have targeted women in developing countries as the primary source of black carbon: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/science/earth/16degrees.html

EPA is finally comparing residential wood smoke PM2.5 emissions to those of industrial sources in the following slide dated 8/2/11:

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