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:

Clean Air Board asks DEP to examine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Clean Air Board submitted comments on adopting state plans under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions.   On Dec. 9, 2013, the DEP held a listening session to hear from environmental organizations on how to implement Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which would require state plans to curb carbon emissions once EPA adopts carbon emission limits for new power plants.

CAB’s comments urge DEP to look at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – undertaken by nine states (but not including Pennsylvania) – as a model for reducing carbon emissions.  According to RGGI: “The experience in the RGGI states shows the magnitude of emission reductions possible from the power sector: a projected 50% decline in tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a fossil fuel-fired generation fleet that is projected to achieve emission rates on par with the recently proposed new source performance standard for new electric generating units.”

Click for  the full text of CAB comments to DEP

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Wednesday, Dec 4

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared an air quality action day for Dec. 4.

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Wednesday, Dec 4: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Tuesday: Hazy conditions continue this afternoon as calm winds are keeping mixng to a minimum, allowing for PM 2.5 levels to remain in the Code Orange range. Similar conditions will continue tomorrow before we begin to see a more active pattern return late week. *** Wednesday’s Forecast: Light winds will limit vertical mixing, yet again, through at least the morning and into the afternoon on Wednesday. Increasing moisture will continue to slowly push northward, bringing some milder temperatures with it. The combination of minimal mixing and rising moisture will allow for PM 2.5 levels to remain inside the Code Orange range through at least the middle of the day. The air mass to our south that contains the higher moisture levels is slightly cleaner than the current air mass in place. Therefore, as this air mass begins to push further north we should see concentrations begin to fall and reach the lower end of the Code Orange range if not high moderate by late in the day. A southerly breeze at the surface will form late afternoon to early evening to assist in pushing this mild and humid air mass northward. As a result, there will be enough hours of Code Orange concentrations throughout the day before we see improvement back to more moderate levels by late evening. 

The Clean Air Board suggest going to this link to check particle levels in the Cumberland Valley.


NBC News reports on link between air pollution and cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

“We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates cancer-causing substances.

IARC had previously deemed some of the components in air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as cancer causing.

For a video clip from the NBC Nightly News Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

The new World Health Organization study on air pollution and cancer can be found at:


Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 pm

“The Air We Breathe” – a short presentation of how others around the world look at air pollution.

CAB has enlisted a school to pioneer the School Flag Program. The school will raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to the local air quality forecast.  Learn about how this program will work.

The meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, at 7 pm.

Join us for the discussion.

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 pm

CAB will look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s School Flag Program. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to the local air quality forecast. The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on Sept. 5, at 7 pm.  

Join us for the discussion. 


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