A letter writer reacts to Metro Vancouver’s plan to gradually reduce wood burning in the region to reduce the health hazard posed by fine particulate.

Another joy up in flames

Government now targets burning wood, one of life’s simple pleasures.

Re: Controlling wood burning  as a means of reducing fine particle emissions (“Metro Vancouver plans wood burning crackdown,” The Leader, Jan. 14).

To the politicians: Please consider controlling the industrial burners of wood-like greenhouses and the wood fibre waste electrical generation plant in Howe sound before you deny me one of life’s simple pleasures.

Just where do you think the wood will end up that homeowners currently burn?

As for fine particulate, how about controlling the major polluters first, such as the rail yards, commercial diesel trucks and shipping companies.

I live above Highway 17 and the CN rail yard, and I can assure you there is many a black belch left by trucks and the trains. And ships are well-documented polluters.

Homeowners are easy targets as we are not good lobbyists. Back off.


Richard Smith


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