|Plan to reduce woodsmoke in Melville, WA - see below|
|American Lung Association recommends that individuals avoid
burning wood where less polluting alternatives are
position paper general information
|LGA to push for home wood fire
Tuesday 20 October, 1998
The installation of solid wood burning fires may be banned in all new homes within the Sydney metropolitan area.The Local Government Association will begin lobbying the New South Wales Government to end their sale.
Pitt Water Mayor Patricia Giles said
delegates at the association's conference agreed the fires added
significantly to Sydney's air pollution and affected asthma
|Waverley Council Votes to Ban New Wood-Heaters
Waverley Council, Sydney has already pre-empted
these negotiations by voting in April 2000 to ban the installation of all
new wood heaters. The above is welcome news for those who have to suffer
the health effects of woodsmoke pollution from their neighbours. If
owners don't operate their brand new AS4013 heater with care, it can
produce smoke like this chimney
one. Both pictures show typical smoke
emissions from AS4013 heaters produced for about 6-8 hours every night
after the owners retire.
|Plan to reduce woodsmoke in Melville,
photo - smoking chimneys.
Caption: Smoke from wood fires is a major contributor to haze
Summer might seem like a strange time to start talking about wood
fires and the smoke they produce. But the reality is many people will be
making their winter heating decisions weeks or even months before the
onset of the cold season.
Apart from the unpleasant smells and haze that results, there are more sinister side effects on health. Fine particles are inhaled into our bodies - some are breathed out again but an amount remains lodged within out lungs. People with medical conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema and asthma experience more severe symptoms as a result.
In an effort to combat the problem, the City of Melville's Health
Services have teamed up with AlintaGas to look at ways of improving the
situation. The result is a special programme that offers incentives to
householders to replace existing wood heaters and replace them with gas
The programme is due to be launched in April.
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