Many communities share the struggle of Alaska communities in the Fairbanks North Star Borough (Fairbanks, Ester, Fox, Two Rivers, North Pole, and Moose Creek) to control woodsmoke and other PM 2.5 pollution. We are not alone. Read their stories, support their efforts, use what you learn to help our community.
Mothers & Others for Clean Air, based in Georgia, is a coalition of groups working together for clean air. The seven partner organizations are Georgia PTA, the American Lung Association of Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Georgia Conservancy (the fiscal agent).
Institute for Washington’s Future, read their success story: “Cleaning Up the Air in Libby, Montana” Lynn’s blog.
FDNM article on “Trio of communities might offer insight into Fairbanks’ air pollution problem” 1/2010 describes efforts in Pinehurst, ID, Juneau, AK, and Libby, MT.
Visit Clean Air Revival (BurningIssues.org) home to better understand woodsmoke particle pollution and links to woodsmoke reference information, control efforts around the world and within the US, and self-protection sites. Also see American Lung Association’s woodsmoke position.
“Ban Needed on Outdoor Wood Boilers” by Nancy Alderman, opinion published in the New Haven Register, CT, 11/2009.
Efforts to regulate OWB [Outdoor Wood-fired Boilers] around the US: Vermont DEC fact sheet.
Since Nov. 2010, DirtyAviston.com has been raising awareness of the smoke and harm from an outdoor wood boiler in the Village of Aviston, Clinton Co, Illinois.
On March 8, 2010, the City Council of Twinsburg, Summit County, Ohio voted to ban outdoor wood-burning furnaces or boilers. The vote was 7-0. Review this article in the Twinsburg Patch leading up to the vote “Outdoor Wood Furnaces May Get Smoked Out in Twinsburg” 2/8/2011.
Breathe Healthy Air, a coalition working to reduce woodsmoke in the Chicago vicinity and worldwide.
Pollution Free Cities has “Wood-Burning Health Impacts” with a 2005 comprehensive health review on the health effects of woodsmoke and a link to the 1/14/2010 USA Today article which describes Fairbanks’ air pollution problem with this quote in the first paragraph: “entombed in a shroud of pollution.”
Wood Burner Smoke forum, Ontario, Canada: communities struggling with the problem of woodsmoke pollution. Includes a PowerPoint presentation and wealth of resources and links.
Larissa, an 8th grader from Germany living in India, writes Lala’s amazing blog and includes fine particulate related posts. Here’s one about PM 2.5 concentrations in R. K. Puram: Air Quality-Data Analysis. You go Larissa!