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Victorians breathe easier after smoke study
Researchers are hoping a study on smoke generated by Victoria's prescribed burning program will influence future public health policies.
Submission - Reducing Emissions from Wood heaters
Submissions close on Monday 15 July 2013.
Greens to apply heat over
ACT's wood fires
Latest Developments in the Investigation of Smoke Derived Taint in Grapes and Wine
Where significant smoke exposure occurs during sensitive periods of vine development the resultant wine is consequently unfit for purpose.
Click here to read the article
We have always been led to believe that Cape Grim on the N/W tip of Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
Cape Grim location - courtesy Google Maps
The Cape Grim baseline
air pollution station was established in 1976 to monitor
and study global atmospheric composition. You can read
about it here:
The Cape Grim baseline air pollution station was established in 1976 to monitor and study global atmospheric composition. You can read about it here: http://www.bom.gov.au/inside/cgbaps/
One of the core scientific programs conducted at Cape Grim is PARTICULATES, i.e., PM10 and PM2.5.
Particulates get a mention here
If, "Pollution threatens environmental
sustainability and can have harmful effects on human
health." then why has the PM2.5 baseline air monitor at
Cape Grim been out of action since it stopped operating
in December 2008?
If, "Pollution threatens environmental sustainability and can have harmful effects on human health." then why has the PM2.5 baseline air monitor at Cape Grim been out of action since it stopped operating in December 2008?
Smoke consists primarily of fine particle matter (PM2.5).
It is widely reported that this size particle can travel deep into the lungs and stay there. These particulates can have gaseous toxins attached to them and they can cross over into the blood stream.
It is interesting to note the PM2.5 air monitoring at Cape Grim went out of action at much the same time in 2008 as Tasmanians were subjected to horrendous quantities of pernicious forestry smoke.
This is confirmed by the website http://www.cleanairtas.com which commenced in 2008 and you can read about smoke related problems at that time at http://www.cleanairtas.com/about.htm and, http://cleanairtas.com/couldyou.htm
The smoke has persisted ever since and the PM2.5 air monitor has not been reporting.
On top of this we have had smoke coming from the mainland into the measuring segment in Tasmania. Cape Grim has not recorded it.
We should not be claiming Tasmania's N/W tip has the cleanest air in the world when PM2.5 data has not been gathered from the Cape Grim monitoring station for almost three years. Grim isn't it?
Cape Grim Particulates - courtesy CSIRO.
Australian Air Quality Standards Are Up For Review:
The National Environment Protection Council has released a discussion paper on Air Quality Standards for the Ambient Air Quality NEPM. Submissions closed on August 27, 2010
You can go to the link below to read the: Review of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure - Discussion Paper - Air Quality Standards - July 2010
A direct link is also provided below for the Standards Setting
The AAQ NEPM review report was accepted and released by the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) in September 2011.
NEPC noted that the review’s recommendations will be prioritised and responded to through the development of the National Plan for Clean Air.
The new National Plan for Clean Air will provide a robust framework for identifying cost effective emission reduction actions, and implementation arrangements.
Along with the report, the Methodology for Setting Air Quality Standards in Australia (the methodology) was released. The methodology addresses:
· the level of health protection to be built into standards
· the application of uncertainty or safety factors
· approaches to dealing with non-threshold pollutants
· approaches to exposure assessment
· equity and social justice issues
· application and approaches to cost–benefit analysis.
If you would like further information on the review of the AAQ NEPM or the methodology, please visit http://www.ephc.gov.au/.
AAQ NEPM review report 634Mb
Senate Question No. 1854, 18th May 2012,
Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, What is the timeframe and expected delivery date for the National Plan for Clean Air.
Senator Conroy, the Minister with the above portfolios answered as follows: The National Plan for Clean Air has to be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments by the end of 2014.
Depending in which of the six states or two territories you live smoke can come from different sources, or affect people in different concentrations because of local topography.
Deliberate planned burn smoke might be the major problem in some states, while wood heater smoke might be the major concern in another, or you could have a combination of both. Bushfire smoke can sometimes be a concern in the dryer months.
Tasmania is the smallest and most southern island state of Australia. It has the highest rate of asthma in Australia, and the highest rate of non-skin cancer in Australia which does not surprise most people that live on the island and are subjected to the toxins attached to wood smoke.
Much federal and state money is being spent on asthma patients, new linear accelerators, cancer clinics, bigger hospitals, and more staff, when it would be easier on everyone to stop our deliberate, state-wide pernicious smoke at the source.
The Asthma Foundation would rather refer smoke victims to doctors and specialists to be put on drugs, than lobby on behalf of their members to halt forestry smoke at the source
Tasmania is particularly troubled by smoke from the forest industries. Although wood heater smoke is no less a source of pollution it gets a lot of publicity because domestic heating is easier for governments to control than the large powerful forest industries. But heater smoke must be put into perspective with the largest polluters as can be seen from the pictures below.