The Dangers to Health from Outdoor Wood Furnaces

Archived studies and news reports that expand the scope of Environment & Human Health, Inc.'s (EHHI) research reports about health and the environment.


Air Pollution Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska
Although research shows Fairbanks and North Pole's PM 2.5 pollution problem stems from wood smoke, little progress has been maade to get pollution numbers down to healthy levels. Particulate pollution is toxic to humans and linked with a variety of illnesses, mainly affecting the heart and lungs.Click here to read article.

Another Connecticut town bans outdoor wood furnaces
Add Clinton to the list of towns that have banned outdoor wood furnaces. Towns that ban OWFs include Granby, Tolland, Hebron, Woodbridge, South Windsor, Portland, Norfolk, Ridgefield, Haddam, Cheshire, West Hartford, Hamden, North Haven, New Fairfield, Rocky Hill, Avon, Simsbury and Bethel. Click here to download EHHI's wood smoke brochure.

Study links wood-burning to hospitalizations

Older people tend to be more vulnerable to pollution, according to a new study of the San Joaquin Valley. The California Air Resources Board found that no-burn days since 2003 led to a 12% reduction in the harmful particles found in smoke. Hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease in those 65 years and older declined by 7% in the Valley. Click here for news story.

EPA wrong on burning wood for power
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, a group of 78 scientists criticized an Environmental Protection Agency memo they say may dramatically undermine President Barack Obama's directive to cut planet-warming emissions. The group of scientists argues that not all types of biomass have the same impact on carbon emissions, and that using more biomass derived from trees will actually increase overall emissions. Read more in the Huffington Post.

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EHHI's Woodsmoke Report

Wood smoke contains many of the same toxic compounds that are found in cigarette smoke. Just a few of them include benzene, formaldehyde, and 1,3-butadiene, all three of which are carcinogenic. Outdoor wood furnaces are a flawed technology that not only harms the health of neighboring homeowners but also ruins the real estate value of their homes. Towns and cities owe it to their citizens to protect their citizens' health as well as their life savings, which are often in the value of their homes.

For further information about outdoor wood furnaces, download EHHI's report and the health effects of wood smoke brochure, or click here for EHHI's statement.