Thursday, August 14, 2014

[biofuelwatch] EPA: Wood Smoke Carcinogens Equivalent to Smoking 2-16 cigarettes/day

In researching the topic, the EPA provided me with this study below. Though it's decades old, it's still surprising.

While my focus is still on industrial scale biomass, the more I research I do on the pollution from all scales of biomass energy the harder it is for me, in good conscience, to ignore the health impacts of residential burning.



Residential Wood Combustion Study, 1980-1982

"Average ambient air levels of benzo (a) pyrene, a known carcinogen, were measured at levels approximately equivalent to that of smoking two to six cigarettes/day. The highest level of benzo (a) pyrene measured was approximately equivalent to that of smoking four to sixteen cigarettes/day." (p. 2)
Josh Schlossberg

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