2009 Nov. 23: WI Milwaukee: Poor air quality from particulate pollution (wood burning mentioned) & comment

2009 Nov. 23: WI Milwaukee: Poor air quality from particulate pollution (wood burning mentioned)

Poor air quality when the weather grows colder

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 23, 2009  

Despite the blue skies and wonderful weather, air quality in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay was not good on Sunday. An air quality advisory for particle pollution remains in effect until 11:59 a.m. Monday.
This morning, the Department of Natural Resources issued a new advisory for Brown, Sauk and Taylor counties for particle pollution until 11:59 am. Tuesday. The advisory is orange, meaning it’s unhealthy for people with heart and lung problems.
This is the third air quality advisory for Wisconsin in a week. We often associate hot summer days with polluted air, but particle pollution can be a fall and winter phenomenon, when weather conditions and wind patterns trap microscopic particles in the air.
 
Particle pollution is composed of fine particles that come primarily from combustion sources, such as power plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust and from burning wood.
Although particle pollution has declined in Wisconsin in recent years, the standards have gotten tougher. The Environmental Protection Agency has cut the allowable amount of particulates 46% because scientists have found stronger links between the microscopic particles and cases of aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, heart attacks and premature death.Jimmy_Jones

Monday Nov 23, 2009 11:08 AM

Waukesha county doesn’t help with everyone on a 1/2 acre burning their leaves, sticks, and other yard refuse. I was out in Menomonee Falls/Brookfield on 11/22 and it was like pea soup, you could barely see down the road in some areas.

I can’t see how these people tolerate this, this was burning my lungs and I’m no asthmatic.

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