Freedom of Air - Public Awareness of Outdoor Wood Boilers

Public Awareness and Reasearch of Outdoor Wood Boilers

Those who COULD help but WON'T (written 2008)

This blog is to give tribute to all of the politicians and bureaucrats who refused to help us with our problem.  Most of them agree this is a problem, except for our local representatives who dismiss us completely, but don't feel there is any urgent need to uphold the laws that are already on the books (also see The Law blog).  Some agencies and names listed below did not even acknowledge the correspondence we made to them.  The purpose of this is to show all of the agencies and individuals who we contacted that could help us, but decided we really don't have the right to clean air in our home, village, or elementary school.

1) United States Environmental Protection Agency (First Contact February 2007)

U.S. EPA's Website

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.  Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help:  Rochelle Marceillars, Mary Gade, Bharat Mathur, Tinka Hyde, Steve Rothblatt, Robert Kaplan

2) Illinois Enviornmental Protection Agency (First Contact November 2006)

Illinois EPA's Website

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Sarah Phelps, John Justice, Ed Bakowski, Dean Hayden

3) Illinois Attorney General (First Contact March 2007)

IL Attorney General's Website

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Jane McBride

4) Illinois Department of Public Health (First Contact February 2007)

IL Department of Public Health

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Illinois Department of Public Health is to promote the health of the people of Illinois through the prevention and control of disease and injury.

We, as a diverse public health workforce, care about the well-being of people and are guided by the following principles:

  • Prevention of disease and injury

  • Protection of food, water, air and environment (et. al)

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Dr. Eric Whitaker

5) Illinois Lung Association (First Contact February 2007)

Illinois American Lung Association

Mission Statement:
The American Lung Association of Illinois is a statewide health organization supported by legions of dedicated volunteers, a professional staff and leading experts in lung disease.  We envision a world free of lung disease.  Our mission is to make that vision a reality by preventing lung disease and promoting lung health.

The American Lung Association of Illinois strives to meet its mission through research, education, and public advocacy.  Services are funded through the generous support of the community.

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Kathy Drea

6) Clinton County (IL) Board
(First Contact February 2007)

Clinton County Board

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Ray Kloeckner (President)

7) Clinton County (IL) Health Department

Clinton County Health Dept Link 1
Clinton County Health Dept Link 2

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Mike McMillan

8) Village of Albers, Illinois (First Contact November 2006)

Village of Albers, Illinois

Individual(s) who dismissed our pleas for help: Richard Casson (Village President), (Trustees) Rob Rolves, Dennis Behrmann, Joe Obernuefemann, Jeff Timmermann, Michael McDermid,
Kevin Kenow (no longer holds position), Steve Schumaker, Angela Wagner (Chief of Police), and Stan Brandmeyer (Village Attorney).

There are some other organizations and individuals who we did contact, however we are neglecting to post them as they were really not strong enough organizations who alone could have solved our problem.  This page will always be updating, so check it out for updates.  Also, all contact information for the respective parties listed above should be accessible via the website link provided.  So, if any of these individuals represent you in your government, I strongly urge you to contact them and voice your opinion.