Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chinese Researchers: The Smaller the Particle, the More Deadly...and What It Means in the U.S.

We all are aware that China has had horrific air pollution problems in recent years.  And now, scientists in China are bearing down. 

A new study by Chinese researchers sheds new light on the issue -- and it has implications for breathers in the United States.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New studies target coal burning, traffic -- and more -- as sources of dangerous particle soot

I want to call your attention to comprehensive new studies on particle soot out this morning by the well-respected Health Effects Institute.   

These studies are very important in helping us understand the dangers of particle soot pollution.  As those of you who have worked in this business probably know, various industry groups have asserted over the years that THEIR soot is benign.  It’s the other guy’s soot that’s problem. (The coal and coal-burning power industries have made that assertion, as have other industries.)

 The new studies make it clear that there’s no evidence yet that any type of soot is benign.  The research singles out sulfate particles – from coal burning and other sources – as particularly dangerous, with traffic pollution only slightly less so.  (The so-called “war on coal” might be better characterized as a “war to protect health.”)

But no form of soot has been exonerated.  More research needs to be done on other sources.

These studies should put to rest the myth that some types of soot are harmless.  They aren’t and it’s not.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

States Sue to Hasten Cleanup of Dangerous Pollution from Wood Heaters

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

October 9, 2013

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Despite Clean Air Act Requirements, Agency's Existing Limits Haven't Been Updated in 25 Years; Ignore Outdoor Wood Boilers, One Of The Most Common And Polluting Devices.

Schneiderman: Smoke From Residential Wood-Burning Heaters Poses A Serious Public Health Threat In New York Communities

NEW YORK – Leading a coalition of seven states, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act by failing to adequately limit air pollution emissions from new residential wood heaters.  In the legal papers, Schneiderman's coalition contends that the EPA's existing emissions limits, which haven't been revised in 25 years, are outdated and leave out popular types of residential wood heaters -- including outdoor wood boilers, which have proliferated in many areas of New York.

“EPA's regulations simply haven't kept pace with the proliferation of wood-burning devices or the availability of cleaner-burning units.  Smoke from residential wood-burning heaters poses a serious health threat, especially in New York’s rural communities,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “This lawsuit aims to force the EPA to comply with the Clean Air Act and provide overdue leadership in requiring new wood heaters to meet stricter pollution standards – an action that will save consumers money, improve local air quality and safeguard public health.”