Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Open Air Burning and Diabetes (To Council, #2)
Last week I wrote to you about the cancer risk for residents due to exposure to wood smoke and one of its components, fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
This past Friday a new study was published in The Lancet Planetary Health, that links PM2.5 with DIABETES.
From CNN’s report on the study:
"There's an undeniable relationship between diabetes and and particle air pollution levels well below the current safe standards," said senior study author Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University.
“Particulate or particle air pollution is made up of microscopic pieces of dust, dirt, smoke and soot mixed with liquid droplets. The finest particles regulated by the EPA are 2.5 micrometers; to put that in perspective, a strand of human hair is 70 micrometers, or more than 30 times larger.
Anything less than 10 micrometers can not only enter the lungs, it can pass into the bloodstream, where it is carried to various organs and begins a chronic inflammatory reaction thought to lead to disease.”
From the study itself:
“The global toll of diabetes attributable to PM2·5 air pollution is significant. Reduction in exposure will yield substantial health benefits.”
8 years ago, the Sentinel Review reported that residents of Oxford County were already at a higher risk of diabetes, due to obesity.
PM2.5 is a carcinogen.
PM2.5 increases the risk of developing diabetes.
PM2.5 is a major component of wood smoke.
How can Woodstock Council justify open air burning?
I await your response.
The above text was sent as an e-mail to each member of Woodstock Council on July 4, 2018.