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NAME: Bill Barker
I have been subjected to poison from OWB for many years I have written numerous letters to MLA and MP. Neither respond. My wife and I both have serious lung issues. Ministry of environment confirms air currents carry poison directly into my home. I took legal action, which is now on hold. Ironically, just after papers were served our home came under attack. Broken windows, broken siding, gutters, facia, etc. Many tires punctured both on truck and boat trailer. Have had fire bombs pointed and fired at my home. Our home and vehicles have been smothered in eggs. Our trauma and paranoia are extreme. We are afraid to put house on market as vandals will surely attack again. We are doomed. Police are fully aware but cannot do anything as no proof can be attained. Please do not publish my name as it will surely harm us
NAME: Vic Steblin
On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the Prince George Citizen published an article by Arthur Williams titled “City set to hound unlicensed dogs”. It was about hiring two part-time canvassers at $17.24 an hour from May to September to knock on doors and collect money for unlicensed dogs. An explanation of varying rates for various types of dogs follows, like $31 for normal breeds and $303 for dangerous breeds. This idea should also apply to wood burners. The harm to health by polluted air must equal or exceed that of dogs. Of course those with unlicensed dogs will object, and wood burners would also object. But both dog owners and wood burners should not expect to save costs at the expense of others. The canvassers could easily note those houses with piles of wood, and then give those owners a bill to cover future medical expenses. Vancouver calculated the health cost of wood smoke to society at $2 per kilogram in 2006, but $31 per EPA or CSA stove per year should be a good start. A non-spayed older polluting stove should get the dangerous breed rate of $303. Properly caring for a dog is no joke and likewise, properly caring for our air is no joke. Near others, in crowded areas, it is up to everyone to pay for their dog licenses and to also use the cleanest source of heat available.
NAME: Vic Steblin
If cities have introduced all sorts of common sense bylaws for people to get along, like no shooting in city limits, no pigs, no horses, no noise after 11pm, no dumping of garbage, etc, What about the dumping of wood smoke into our air? Ban all wood burning. Cold people can wear sweaters and use natural gas. I cannot believe how many wood burners are obnoxious, inconsiderate and cheap. They are cheaters to modern society. Wood burning for heat belongs in the rural areas only, along with those who shoot, raise cattle and live far away from others.
NAME: Alan Smith
I used to enjoy winters in B.C but the wood smoke levels are so high in some residential areas that the province is a good place to avoid. Even short term exposure to wood smoke can have serious health implications so B.C. has become a good place to avoid---even for a holiday, particularly a skiing holiday. It is a problem that should never have arisen as the British had spent a century and millions of dollars to rid their municipalities on wood and cooal smoke. The big push coming 50 years ago, when it was realized that their recently-introduced "free" health care system could not survive the burden of treating smoke-related diseases. A reason why Canada has blundered into this problem is the reliance on "airshed" monitoring. Residential wood burning is all about the effect on neighbours and the emissions are diluted before reaching a monitoring unit. To further ensure that wood fire pollution is not identified as a health hazard, carcinogens are omitted from the Air Quality Health Index along with the huge family of organic chemicals. The standard procedure is to check on chimney emissions, note that a wood stove pollutes the equivalent of several hundred automobiles, noting the obvious ---- neighbours will be exposed to high levels of particulates and , borrowing from Sweden Environment, neighbours will also be exposed to high levels of carcinogens. The new,CSA/EPA low emission wood stoves are a failure so it is troubling that they are being touted as the answer to wood smoke problems. Alberta Director www.canadiancleanairalliance.ca
NAME: Ernest Grolimund
Model pm2.5 from all woodburning equipment like that done for large sources. U.S. EPA engineers and San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management engineers have determined that all uncertified equipment creates illegal pm2.5 compared to ambiant pm stds. But the problem is worse. There is a new wood smoke pm safe dose to compare to from the US EPA and CDC. That dose is about 1/4 the ambiant pm and is exceeded within an hour or less on most winter nights near wood burners. The threats are heart attacks, asthma attacks, stinging eyes that can cause cataracts and blindness in some and long term cancer risks to all. Other criteria have been developed to indicate health problems and they are visible smoke and smell on neighbors property and visible smoke out of chimneys after a short start up period. But all health science and common sense health criteria are being ignored and nothing is being done to investigate, research, stop and prevent this new and emerging public health problem that is like second hand smoke only worse. High laws are being violated but most smoke victims cannot afford the lawyers fees to sue neighbors or the governments. Mortality is proven to increase beyond acceptable levels and morbidity is beyond legal limits. Health costs are very great and to that you must add the global warming costs and the impact of mercury on the environment as it has destroyed some of our fish food supplies. This violates the most basic moral and ethical and spiritual values and codes of society from the Golden Rule incorporated into law to codes of ethics in government. London was forced to ban wood and coal burning in the great air pollution disaster there that started the whole clean air movement worldwide. Asbestos has been banned. Lead has been banned. It is now time to follow the consensus scientific reccomendation of the U.N. and phase out all cordwood burning in the developed world including certified and qualified stoves which are unhealthy and dangerous. Bans are the fastest and cheapest way to do this. The U.N. recommendation still allows pellet stoves and new gasifier cordwood stoves with engineered emissions equal to oil furnaces.This is the new BACT and is 100 times cleaner than EPA qualified stoves. Best available control technology is illegal if it causes pm vilations at nearby houses and this is all the US EPA has been doing for years. EPA scientists verbally say that HPBA campaign money has corrupted the US government so the world should not follow their lead. Ask the government to check what I am saying. It is cheap to do so. Calculate the hourly pm like Berkeley CA did and compare it to the pm std and the new safe dose for wood smoke pm at 180 mcg/m3,hr. Then compute the toxicological equivalent of 180 toxic gases like VAH's and dioxin and CO which no one has considered to date. Then you will begin to understand why the US Surgeon General wrote that there is no safe level of tobacco smoke. One puff on a cigarette is observed to cause platelet sticking and other bad effects, and wood smoke is 12 times more carcinogenic. Tradition and new science are obviously clashing with most politicians and people not understanding the dangers except for the victims being forced to smoke the equivalent of 10 cigarettes a day when the best doctors in the USA are saying one puff is very unhealthy. Epidemiologists like Meg Harvey in CT-USA are saying wood smoke is dangerous when you can see it or smell it. All reasonable and honest people have to admit that the smell of wood smoke in the USA and Canada is everywhere. So stop it as law and good sense require. Government scientists are estimating 30% of the population are being exposed to illegal pm at least and the problem is apaprently worse as just the ambiant pm over regions violates the new safe dose for pm and advanced monitoring is showing the existing monitoring system is not picking up the wood smoke pm that does not rise or disperse. EPA studies in Ticonderoga NY show regional pm doubles in valleys. 5 cities were monitored in British Colunbia with similar illegal pm found on average from hundreds of locations. Sincerely, Ernest Grolimund. I am a retired civil-environmental engineer, wood smoke victim, who helped the US EPA and Maine DEP model stove and fireplace pm. Someone in B.C who has been sickened by wood smoke asked me to comment.
NAME: Nathalie Doiron
The air quality in my community is completely ruined from September to May as most people start to burn wood in their fireplaces and wood stoves. The air becomes thick with wood smoke, giving me chest pains, migraines and asthma. It has now been proven that wood smoke is a carcinogen
NAME: Jaynee McIntyre
Residential wood heating is not a necessity. There are no bylaws to protect us against the carcinogenic second hand smoke produced by fireplaces or wood stoves. It's time for government to stand up for our right to clean, healthy air.
NAME: Ken Boscoe
In the OBSCR Intentions Paper, there is No buffer zones or set back distances for the protection of Creeks, Streams, Rivers and Lake Shores from the leaching of toxic compounds in ash residue from Open Burning. No buffer zones or adequate set back distances for the protection of parks, playgrounds and beaches (sensitive zones) that are use all year round by the public
NAME: Michael Ferro
I have an ongoing neighbour's wood stove smoke tresspass into my furnaces fresh air intake vent for over 20+years.The City Of Kelowna has a gutless smoke bylaw that doesn't address ongoing complants.My home is surroundes by 9 homes all of which have wood stoves or fireplaces.3 of these neighbours have smoked me out through the fall-winter-and early spring months for years.Wood stove/fireplace burning should be eliminated in city and rural subdivisions when lot frontages are smaller than 200 feet and lot depths are smaller than 200 feet.My neighbours are located fairly close together and and most have choosen their secondary heat source namely wood over their primary heat source n/gas in order to save money.They are doing great harm to their neighbours who are allergic to 24/7 smoke trespass.
NAME: Vicki Morell
Why is no one doing anything about the terrible wood smoke air pollution in British Columbia? Residential Wood Smoke Pollution (RWSP) is a preventible and unnecessary form of Air Pollution. It is time for our politicians to wake up and protect the only air we have to breathe. Why do they think it is ok for people in BC to live in and breathe wood smoke polluted air? How healthy is that? www.canadiancleanairalliance.ca
NAME: Livia Redecsi
The air quality in all of the Salmon Arm areas west to Chase BC is absolutely unacceptable. Even though we have finally had some spring like temperatures I have not been able to spend much time outside due to the horrendous air quality. From just a few minutes of being outside I have experienced dizziness, chest pains, shortness of breath, disorientation, etc. from being exposed to the smoke in the air. So many people are burning outdoors and also burn indoors with ther fireplaces. It's very difficult to get outdoors at all. I'm only 52 and my quality of life is completely compromised by the degree of smoke. This is far worse than being exposed to second hand cigarette smoke. Regulations need to be set inplace for this area and all of Canada. Sincerely Livi
NAME: Glenn Land
The air quality in the North Okanagan is terrible. Springtime is burning season,followed by forest fires in summer,followed again by burning slash and more open burning in the fall. You can hardly see the hills because of the smoke. Something has to change, this is affecting people's health. I believe this is worse in Vernon because the air travels north up Okanagan Lake bringing more smoke from the south. Thanks for your time. Glenn
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