Woodsmoke may not take the cake, but it sure hogs the pie. The pie being the total sources of PM 2.5 pollution measured in our borough.
Local legislators and assembly members may recall this pie chart being presented during the November 9, 2010 PM 2.5 attainment planning briefing by Dr. Jim Conner of the FNSB Air Quality Program. The pie chart shows PM 2.5 source contributions during the winter of 2007-08 collected on the downtown (675 7th Ave) monitor’s filter paper. Nearly 75% of the PM 2.5 air pollution in our community is from burning wood for fuel.
Don’t be fooled by deceptive arguments that distract attention from the primary winter source. The filter paper doesn’t lie. The only way to significantly reduce PM 2.5 smoke pollution is to tackle woodsmoke at its source.