Freedom of Air - Public Awareness of Outdoor Wood Boilers

Public Awareness and Reasearch of Outdoor Wood Boilers

Quotes

While researching OWBs we have come across some quotes that apply to our situation.  Some are serious while others show some humor. If you have any you like to see on this page please send them to freedomofair@yahoo.com. Regardless, please enjoy:

 

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH  (April 2013)

"Even in a place with clean air, you could always end up living next to a neighbor who uses an outdoor wood-burning boiler."

Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.

April 2013 in an article on Tips for Dealing with North Jersey's Air Pollution in the North Jersey Record: CLICK HERE

Previous Quotes

All previous quotes of the month will be posted below:

Government

"I can’t understand why anybody would want to have the wood fires because you could actually really kill your neighbors,The smoke isn’t the problem — the particulate matter is the problem.”

Scott Clark Niles, MI City Council Member, in response to the City Ordinance restricting OWBs, January 2013

" Residential wood burning devices, like outdoor wood boilers and stoves, are the largest residential source of particle pollution. Emissions of harmful air pollutants from wood burning can have significant health impacts on users and their immediate neighbors."

American Lung Association Press Release December 2012

Research/Analytical/Legal

"No person shall.......be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"

5th Amendment U.S. Constitution

"Even in a place with clean air, you could always end up living next to a neighbor who uses an outdoor wood-burning boiler."

Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.

April 2013 in an article on Tips for Dealing with North Jersey's Air Pollution in the North Jersey Record: CLICK HERE

"Residential wood burning devices, like outdoor wood boilers and stoves, are the largest residential source of particle pollution. Emissions of harmful air pollutants from wood burning can have significant health impacts on users and their immediate neighbors."

 American Lung Association Press Release December 2012

"The rules (proposed OWB rules) give Indiana the power to help residents who are "being smoked out" by a neighbor's boiler."

Jodi Perras, Improving Kids' Environment, Executive Director, Indiana September 2010

"The wood boilers are an (Environmental Protection Agency) issue, not a fire department issue,"

Dave Ward,Fire Assistant Chief Lancaster,PA August 2010

"State government hasn’t done enough to ban the furnaces."

Roger Smith, member of the Connecticut’s Clean Energy Taskforce July 2010

"The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is greatly concerned about air quality and we concur that Hydronic heaters, when operating improperly, may have adverse effects on respiratory health."

Harold Wimmer, President & CEO American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Serving: Illinois-Indiana-Iowa-Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota-Wisconsin via email correspondence June 2010

“We encourage people to rethink some of those tried and true traditions and whether it’s worthwhile investing in an outdoor wood boiler when they are contributing to the particle pollution problem,” Director of the Wisconsin American Lung Association, Dona Wininsky, May 2010

"For far too long New Yorkers have suffered because of exposure to the toxic smoke and unhealthy levels of particulate matter that outdoor wood boilers emit," CEO of the American Lung Association in New York, Scott Santarella, April 2010

"Outdoor wood boilers are a growing concern as large sources of smoke in residential areas in New York".  Air and Energy Program Director for Environmental Advocates of New York, Ross Gould, April 2010

"These wood-burning furnaces emit huge amounts of smoke at low height close to the ground and therefore contaminate whole neighborhoods, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." Connecticut Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, Dec. 2009

"Current outdoor wood-fired heaters are substantially less efficient and more polluting than other home-heating devices." U.S. EPA regarding Outdoor Wood Boilers, 2008

“It’s more than a nuisance that these things put out.” NESCAUM Deputy Director Paul Miller, Dec. 2008

"During a period of low wind speed (less than 2 mph), based on the example in this report, persons 500 feet and 1000 feet would be exposed to a 6-h dose of 200 and 300 µg, respectively, placing them in the moderate to high risk category for that day.”

David R. Brown, In his report: An Assessment of Risk from Particulate Released from Outdoor Wood Boilers, 2007

"The amount of pollution created by an OWB is far superior to any other heating device." New York State's Attorney General Report, 2005

"Re-establish the right of every citizen in this country to breathe clean air and not be detrimentally impacted by fine particulate pollution; if we were putting creosote in our water supply there would be a public outcry."  Curt M. Freedman, P.E., C.E.M.

"Particulate pollution is the most important contaminant in our air....We know that when particle levels go up, people die." Joel Schwartz, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health  

Victims of OWBs

 

"When the wind comes from the south, which is often, my home is covered with smoke. The smoke is also taken into my home by the cold air intake for my furnace.......I have to wear a breather mask to walk anywhere on my property."

 Bill DeRoche, Knife River, MN 

Regarding the use of a neighbor's OWB 40 feet from his residence featured in the Lake County News Chronicle on 3/22/13

"She's crying because she can't breathe..........she's coughing to the point of throwing up,Even in the house, the smoke is coming in and it smells awful."

 Krystal Francesco, North Pole, Alaska

Regarding the use of OWBs in her neighborhood and the impacts on her 2 year old daughter featured in the Los Angeles Times on 2/16/13

 

 "We have been fighting for this for a long time,Now we can breathe again."

 Ann Harmon, Hamilton Township Monroe County, PA

In response to an article about OWB restrictions in  The Evening Sun 12/15/12

"Fireplace smoke in the winter has always been a problem, but now to imply that these units emit little smoke and are not bothersome is an insult to those of us suffering on a daily basis."

Marie Levine, West Hartford

Courier News 4/12/10

"The people need something to heat their houses with in the wintertime. And that’s fine. But did the people that have a “smoke house,” outdoor furnaces ever think of other people. In our neighborhood there are 10 houses. One house ruins it for the whole neighborhood because he has a smokehouse."

Caleb Sarver, 8th Grade Student, Meyersdale

Somerset Daily American 4/16/10

 "It's appalling. When you drive down the road you think you have entered a thick dark fog, but it's not fog it's smoke,In the morning the smoke is so thick you can't see the back of the school buses and you can't see the kids getting on the buses."

Keith Trainee, Hamilton Township, PA

The Evening Sun 8/8/10

 "The smoke was so thick, you could not even hardly see the picture on my screen,I just hope the council finds a way to regulate this and hopefully here soon. If we lose customers, we'll lose our business and Lancaster will lose an American icon."

Walt Effinger owner Skyview Drive-In Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Eagle Gazette 8/10/10

 

 

Outdoor Wood Boiler Owners/Sellers

 "We don't like the fact that somebody is telling us our products aren't good enough," statement made by Chris Tureson of Central Boiler of Greenbush, Minn.made to the Utah State Air Quality Board in February 2013. 

"Most of the people I know like the smell of smoke," Gifol said. "Even kids. They pass by my house and they say, "Hey, Mr. Smoke Guy!"'Article in New Jersey newspaper CLICK HERE

"I ran into one gentleman that was selling wood stoves up at the New York State fairgrounds. He made the comment that you can put anything in there, you can burn your garbage." Mike Roberts, a wood burner salesman and owner.as quoted  CLICK HERE

"One user threw an old TV set into the furnace because he was upset about paying a $1.50 fee at a town landfill, You sometimes hear of people throwing garbage in to burn. It's wrong. But we can't stop people from burning irresponsibly and being disrespectful." 

Scott Bradley, a wood burner salesman and owner.as quoted  CLICK HERE

The Lighter Side

"Mister there are two kinds of dumb. A guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and uh the guy that does the same thing in my living room. The first one doesn't matter, the second one you're kinda forced to deal with."  Chelcie Ross in the movie Hoosiers

 

"You can't fix stupid."  Ron White, comedian  

 

All of the above quotes can be found in their original entirety on various resources located on this website. Most of the quotes above can be accessed either on this website or on websites linked to this website.