Video of smoke emissions from outdoor wood boiler: 5055 Palo Verde Ave, Fairbanks, Alaska
Taken from a public road Friday, April 1, 2010 at about 9:20 AM. Over 400 students were attending school across the street at Woodriver Elementary School.
Woodsmoke air pollution from this hydronic furnace and another one nearby, 58 Trinidad Dr, (same owner) has been reported in the neighborhood, school playground, and inside the school for three years. The first complaint against these boilers was logged Aug. 20, 2008. Six asthma attacks triggered by smoke have been reported by the Woodriver school nurse and principal. These students had to be sent home from school. An asthma attack at school interfers with learning and could endanger the child’s life.
Teachers and other school employees have reported health problems from the smoke to the school board, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, the Borough air pollution control program, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In response, the school district installed a $44,000 air filtration system, but, according to school employees, the smoke still comes into the school and playground.
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