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Mar 06, 2012


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Bob Habeck
Permitting and Compliance


DEQ Conducting Local Survey About Wood Burning Appliances


Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Butte-Silver Bow County Health Department, in cooperation with students from Montana Tech will be conducting a telephone survey of Butte area residents concerning wood burning appliances. This survey starts on March 6 and is intended to identify types of wood burning appliances, types and amounts of fuel burned, and frequency of wood burning appliance use.

Bob Habeck, Air Program Manager for DEQ, said, “We’ll use the information from this survey to better understand current wood burning practices and to give the community opportunities to reduce air pollution while preserving economical ways to heat homes.”

Air pollution monitoring for small-sized or "fine" particulate matter has been conducted in Butte since 1999. Monitoring results for the years 2008 through 2010 show high concentrations of fine particulate matter that exceed public health standards. Technical studies conducted in the area have determined the majority particulate matter comes from wood burning appliance smoke.

The inhalation of fine particulate matter is associated with increased respiratory disease, decreased lung function, and even premature death. Butte area residents are encouraged to participate in this brief but important wood burning appliance survey for the protection of public health.

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