2013 March 1: AK Fairbanks: Letter to the EPA about wood smoke pollution

The letter below to the US EPA is important because it shows that the phase ll units which are in Fairbanks, Alaska are still too dangerous for neighbors.  If EPA does not step in to protect human health on this issue – there are hundreds – if not thousands  of people who’s health is at stake. What is more, as some states are promoting these units – more and more people will be harmed and will loose the investment they have in their homes – as they cannot sell them with the amount of smoke the surrounds them.
                        Nancy
 
 
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
Subject: Phase 2 hydronic heaters embroiled in court case in Fairbanks, Alaska
From: Clean Air Fairbanks <cleanairfairbanks@gmail.com>
To: Gil Wood – EPA <Wood.Gil@epamail.epa.gov>
 
The owners tried everything but couldn’t get the Phase 2 units to burn clean. It is a well documented example that Phase 2 qualified is not good enough for neighborhoods. One of the state’s 17 witnesses passed away yesterday from a stroke so the importance of this first enforcement action on woodsmoke in Alaska is hard to underestimate.
 
 
If EPA includes hydronic heaters in the certified NSPS program please be aware that hundreds or thousands of communities’ ordinances categorically approve EPA-certified devices, giving them suddenly a boiler problem. Further, communities offering change out funds for certified wood and pellet stoves will suddenly be paying for boilers. Some of these boilers are multi-fuel, so they’d burn wood or coal, further compounding the problem. I assume you’ve well considered the fall-out from both sets of circumstances.
 
Including hydronic heaters in the certified program, undermines the public trust and understanding of what level of protection is offered.
 
Please consider this in the development of your working NSPS draft.
 
I’d be pleased to put you in touch with the state’s attorney general’s office for more information about the state’s case.
 
Sylvia Schultz
 
 
 
 
 
-- 
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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