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, April 8, 2011

Yard Waste Burning Starts Early This Year

Right now (Friday evening at 9 PM) the air is filled with smoke from burning yard waste. I did not think that grass burning would start so soon with small patches of snow still on the ground. I saw people raking their yards today. I did not think anyone would be burning it. Living in this horrible nightmare city for as long as I have, I should have known better.

In the city of North St. Paul, MN, people are burning every night. Last night the air was heavy with smoke from wood and burning paper. When the breeze came from the east, it contained wood smoke. When the breeze shifted out of the west, it smelled of burning paper. I think someone to the west was burning garbage or newspapers with the smoke as heavy and lasting as long as it did. People love to burn in this town and City Hall encourages it. This is one screwed up polluted city.

This blog will be updated with the winter smoke log soon. Winter is the least smoky season in North Saint Paul. Winter offers us the best air quality. People would assume that winter is the most smoky season. Not in North St. Paul.

Most homes with fireplaces do not use them. The air is almost never smoky in the mornings during the winter. Wood smoke is concentrated in the evenings. People do not use fireplaces for home heating in this town. Homes need to be heated in the morning, but fireplaces are never used for heating them. Fireplaces are another form of recreational air pollution.

While I stopped updating the blog in early December, I did keep notes of the smoke in this city every morning and evening all winter long. I will spend a few hours getting this blog updated in the coming days.

If the yard waste burning is starting this early, it is going to be another smoky hell of a spring, summer, and fall in North St. Paul, MN. Just like every other year.

Do you want to live in a polluted city like this?