American Lung Association calls for tougher smoke standards

In a November 15, 2012 letter to EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, The American Lung Association urges EPA “…to swiftly adopt rigorous, health-protective standards for all classes of residential wood heaters that require the best emission reduction systems.”

The letter goes on to describe in detail the types of threats to public health from smoke from residential wood heating. These include exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants and carcinogens.

American Lung Association Letter

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