Don’t give up your right to burn wood without seeing the evidence

Dear Editor,
I write my fellow citizens because of the recent passage of the
new wood-burning ordinance. The mission statement of this
legislation is that it may significantly reduce the increase in
particulate emissions from wood-burning appliances, i.e.
fireplaces, and that PM10 particles pose significant health
risks.
Dear Editor,

I write my fellow citizens because of the recent passage of the new wood-burning ordinance. The mission statement of this legislation is that it may significantly reduce the increase in particulate emissions from wood-burning appliances, i.e. fireplaces, and that PM10 particles pose significant health risks.

My problem with the ordinance is the complete lack of evidence regarding both particulate emissions, PM10 and PM2.5, within the air we breathe.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which has been testing ozone in both Gilroy and the South Bay consistently for more than 10 years, yet has seen no need to test either PM10 or PM2.5 ever – the sole place they have done any testing is San Rafael, over 100 miles to the north.

The Environmental Protection Agency states, regarding both PM10 and PM2.5, that the primary sources is industrial fuel combustion and vehicle exhaust, specifically diesel exhaust and other sources including wind blown dust and wood burning.

This is the primary reason that I will begin a referendum drive to gather enough signatures to take this matter to the citizens of this beautiful community I call home for a vote.

For all those concerned citizens, I ask you to look up the Web sites I offer below, read the info yourself and form your own opinion. Are you willing to lose your right to an open wood-burning fireplace based on no scientific testing of the air we breathe. In conclusion, the EPA’s report seems to refute the new ordinances contention that wood-burning appliances are a significant contributor of PM10 or PM2.5, anyway where is the air testing, where is the problem?

For more information I can be reached at 846-8082 or 427-5397.

Jim Gailey, Gilroy

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