From: Krystal Francesco (Laurance Road, North Pole) [requested name be published]
Date: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Subject: Boiler/Hydronic heater in North Pole
To: (60 DEC and borough agency staff, elected and appointed leaders and others – see below)
I have attached pictures of a potential coal burning boiler/hydronic heater. Maybe some of you can shed light on what this really is. I can tell you what it smells like — pure toxic waste. This is located at 3614 Laurance Road, also known as the Kids of the Kingdom Learning Center, an in-home daycare. Not only is it horrible they could potentially be burning coal, but they’re doing it around young kids. Driving toward it, the smell got so strong I had to hit the “re-circulate” button in my car so I wasn’t struggling to breathe. Whatever I was smelling, it was NOT any kind of wood smell. I can’t say I know what burning coal smells like…but I know I couldn’t stand to breathe the air around this contraption.
The other dilemma is the height of the smoke stack — it’s not even on top of the roof, so the smoke is easily able to drift into other houses surrounding the area when there is a breeze. I strongly believe this is one of the main reasons my family (myself, my mother and my daughter) are on inhalers day and night. Tonight, oddly enough, my daughter is beginning to show signs of labored breathing…I can’t tell you how many times this has been so far. Her heartbeat is fast while resting, and her stomach is moving in and out at a speed faster than normal. This is after using her inhalers and allergy medicine, which she uses EVERY day and night.
Something needs to be done about those who use machines like this, who burn coal especially. Do the research, it’s clear the fumes from burning coal is horrible to peoples’ health. Some might think they can “burn clean,” but that’s an oxymoron. There’s no way you can burn coal responsibly, or without dire consequences over time. I’ve heard of people saying “well, I don’t see smoke coming out of my smoke stack so that means I’m burning clean.” But have they actually tested the air quality around their house?? Probably not.
For my family’s sake, my 2.5 year old daughter’s health, please…we need to take action to shut down machines like this that are spewing toxic waste into the air we breathe.