Support clean burning wood-heaters

Less wood smoke means healthier air

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new limits on harmful air pollution from new wood-burning devices. These devices, such as boilers, furnaces, and stoves, can subject a neighborhood to dangerous air pollution. Wood smoke, which contains soot, carbon monoxide, and other toxic air pollutants, can trigger asthma attacks, cause cancer, and even cut short lives.

Wood smoke can pollute a neighborhood and can travel miles away. That means people who live nearby and far away can suffer from inhaling wood smoke. Strong standards will help ensure that new wood burning devices are much cleaner and do not further pollute our air. EPA needs to adopt these long-overdue standards to protect our health and our neighborhoods from harmful wood smoke-related air pollutants.

To send a comment to EPA, click on the American Lung Association link: http://bit.ly/Rowbtg

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Wed., April 16, 7 pm

The Clean Air Board will be meeting on Wednesday, April 16,  at 7 pm at the Second Presbyterian Church, at 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.   The Clean Air Board will be discussing Earth Day activities.  For directions, go to:

http://bit.ly/1iQfooS

World Health Organization reports on deaths due to air pollution

Pollution Killed 7 Million People Worldwide in 2012, Report Finds

New York Times:  http://nyti.ms/1dwDZmH

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Thursday, March 20, 7 pm

The Clean Air Board will be meeting on March 20,  at 7 pm at the Second Presbyterian Church, at 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.

Clean Air Board Community Meeting Feb. 25, 7 pm

This month CAB will be discussing our recent participation in the Clarke Forum panel on warehouse development, and hearing from citizens with ideas on clean air and forestry practices along Route I-81. Come share your thoughts, too! The Clean Air Board will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 pm at the Second Presbyterian Church, at 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle.

Pennsylvania DEP has declared an Air Quality Action Day for Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, Feb 8

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Saturday, Feb 8: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Sunday, Feb 9: 100 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Friday: Ample sunshine under blue skies is always a welcome sight, but temperatures once again remain several degrees below normal this afternoon. High pressure will continue to build and move overhead tonight and into the day on Saturday. A few weak disturbances will swing through the region over the course of the weekend, with little to no precipitation associated with them. *** Saturday’s Forecast: Mostly clear skies into the overnight and early morning hours will allow temperatures to fall into at least the teens once again tonight. With high pressure continuing to build and shift to more overhead on Saturday, winds will become light to calm for a good portion of the day. There have been a few occasions in the past that I can remember where an icy surface on snow cover under high pressure with calm winds near the surface has allowed PM 2.5 levels to reach Code Orange levels. Conditions appear favorable for this to occur once again on Saturday. A weak disturbance passing through the region may create a brief period of snow showers. This system will not have much moisture to work with, so the less snow that develops the better the chance that PM 2.5 levels do not fall enough to avoid Code Orange for the day. Highs on Saturday will approach the 30 degree mark.  – Roble

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:
* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley. 

 

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