Key points to include in submissions
The most health-hazardous pollutant in our air (responsible for more premature deaths than any other pollutant) is PM2.5 pollution - fine particles less than 2.5 millionth of a meter that penetrate the deepest recesses of our lungs where they can enter the bloodstream and transport toxins to every organ of the body including the brain.
Despite being used by less than 5% of households in Sydney as the main form of heating, the Clean Air for NSW Consultation paper shows that residential wood heating emits more PM2.5 in Sydney than any other human activity.
There is no point in continuing with ineffective policies that have created the totally unsatisfactory situation that wood stoves emit more PM2.5 than any other than any other human activity. Instead, the NSW EPA should implement the NSW Chief Medical Officer's recommendation not to allow new wood heaters in urban areas, require existing wood heaters to be removed when houses are sold, and ensure that remaining wood heaters are phased out within 7 years. Effective education programs should be implemented to alert families to the health damage from woodsmoke pollution, the low cost of switching to non-polluting alternatives and protect residents affected by other people's woodsmoke and provide financial assistance for low-income families to switch to non-polluting heating.
email submissions to Air.Policy@epa.nsw.gov.au by Friday, 20 January 2017.
The EPA would like the following info at the top of emailed submissions:
First name, Last name, Organisation (if applicable)
Email address, Phone number, Postcode.
Download the discussion document & fill in the NSW EPA online form (the form is at the bottom of the EPA's page).
For a quick submission, edit the text in the form below & click 'Submit'.