Monday, June 27, 2016

How bad will our air be tonight? (E-mail to Councillors sent June 25)

Today the Air Quality Health Index forecasts  a "moderate risk" reading of 4 all around Woodstock: London, Brantford, Kitchener, and Guelph.  See it at:
How many homes in Woodstock will light their fire pits this evening...dozens? hundreds?
How bad will our local air be?
Given that wood smoke pollutes the air the length of a couple of football fields around each fire, how many vulnerable people will be exposed to dangerous levels of pollutants?
How many infants?
How many kids with asthma?
How many seniors with heart conditions?
How many people with COPD?
These are some of the most vulnerable populations, but of course wood smoke, like second-hand tobacco smoke, is bad for everyone.
What credibility does Woodstock have on ANY health or environmental issue, when you allow open air burning?
As always, I would appreciate an acknowledgement that you have read this.
Thanks for your attention.

REPLIES: Jerry Acchione, Sandra Talbot

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