Recreational Fires Must Be Eliminated

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The air is smoky from burning wood in North St. Paul, MN, almost every evening. It is a nightmare. What used to be a nice place to live has become a living hell.

WARNING: If you buy a house in North St. Paul, MN, you will regret it! It may be the biggest, most expensive mistake you ever make. You will breathe smoky air almost every day of your life in this town. This is not an exaggeration. The wood smoke in this town gets heavy and gets heavy often. When you want to get out of this dump of a town, how many people do you think are going to want to buy a house in a city where heavy air pollution every night is normal and clean air is rare? This blog gets thousands of visitors every year. The word is out: North St. Paul is a horrible place to live!

Fresh air is very rare around here. If you are considering moving to North St. Paul or buying a home here, I strongly recommend that you do not do it no matter how good of a price you get. The only way you will be happy in this town is if you love breathing smoky air almost every day. North St. Paul, MN, is a horrible place to live because of the smoky air!

Burning wood, grass, leaves, paper, cardboard, and sometimes plastic, construction materials, and chemicals, if it is combustible it gets burned in North St. Paul and you are going to breathe it.

The air was smoky 25 out of 31 evenings in July 2009. We had 37 hours of continuous wood smoke in the air Aug. 29th - 31st. There was wood smoke in the air 19 consecutive evenings from Aug. 21st to Sept. 8th. It rained heavily on Aug. 20th, providing the only relief we got from wood smoke for almost three weeks.

Is this a good way to live? No. It is a horrible way to live. Take it from someone who knows. Breathing smoky, polluted air every day is misery.

Every day in this city several people are having recreational fires. Every evening the air is filled with the stench of burning wood. I am one person sick and tired of breathing smoky air every day. Is it too much to ask to be able to breathe fresh air in your own home?

Who is responsible for this wood smoke nightmare? The four city council members are responsible. Council members Jan Walczak, Bob Bruton, Terry Furlong, and Dave Zick have refused to do anything about this wood smoke problem. They don't care if you have a child with asthma. They don't care if you have to live like a shut-in because the air is so polluted. They don't care if your sinuses burn because the wood smoke is so heavy.

Our four Council members have defended the rights of a small percentage of households to burn wood daily over the rights of all the rest of us to breathe.

You have no right to breathe under Walczak, Bruton, Furlong, and Zick. Burners have the right to burn wood 49 hours a week recreationally. The rest of us have no rights at all.

If you are considering purchasing real estate in the city of North Saint Paul, Minnesota (55109), factor this blog carefully into your decision. Buying a home in this city means that your kids will breathe smoky air while playing in the yard almost every day. Your baby will breathe smoky air in her crib should you leave the windows open around your house. If you leave your windows open you will wake up in the middle of the night choking on smoky air.

Perhaps worst of all, your utility rates will be high because you will have to run the air conditioner instead of leaving the windows open on a cool summer evening. You have no other choice because almost every night the air is too smoky to breathe in this city. Consider this blog your warning.

North St. Paul, Minnesota, is a wonderful community other than the wood smoke. If we could restore fresh air like we used to enjoy, life would be happy again. But that is not going to happen any time soon.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday 08/28/2009 Air Pollution

1 AM: A very faint trace of wood smoke remains in the air. Open the windows.

12:30 PM: A very faint smokiness is in the air. It doesn't smell like grass or wood. I don't know what it is. I've been told that the local schools have permits to burn. I have noticed the odor of burning paper several times by St. Peter's church and also by Richardson Elementary School in the past.

1:30 PM: Very faint smokiness lingers.

2:00 PM: Earlier smokiness is gone.

5:00 PM: No wood smoke or burning grass yet. There will certainly be wood smoke tonight. The air contains wood smoke every night. 72 degrees and partly cloudy at this time. A gorgeous, cool summer evening.

A month from now the burning of leaves will pick up. Ten years ago there was no wood smoke in this town. I don't remember having to close the windows once in the late 1990s or very early 2000s because of wood smoke. We have to close them every day now. People burned grass 10 years ago, but not at the level they do now. People burn yard waste more now than ever. Burning encourages more burning. One guy smokes up the air one night and the neighbor down the street returns the favor the next night by burning wood or by burning yard waste. It's air pollution anarchy in North St. Paul, Minnesota. It's a nightmare.

7:00 PM: No wood smoke. Windy.

7:50 PM: Faint wood smoke. Still windy.

8:15 PM: Light wood smoke. Wood smoke varies from faint to light on the wind. Wind is blowing east, burner is to the west somewhere. No one around us is burning at the time. The burner could be a quarter to a half-a-mile away or more. Wood smoke goes wherever the wind blows. 64 degrees at this time. Cool, breezy, a beautiful evening to have your windows open except in this town.

It's going to be another smoky hell of an evening in North St. Paul.

9:00 PM: Light wood smoke.

9:15 PM: Light to moderate wood smoke. It has gotten stronger in the past 15 minutes.

10:10 PM: Light wood smoke continues. It must be one hell of a smoky fire. It is windy at this time. The more wind the more diluted the wood smoke will get. Nobody around us is burning at this time. Wind is still blowing east. 63 degrees now.

11:30 PM: Faint wood smoke continues.

Midnight: Faint wood smoke continues.