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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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday 05/07/2011 Air Pollution

It was a smoky, polluted hell of a day. Grass burning during the late morning and afternoon and extremely heavy wood smoke after dark. What did we do to deserve such abuse from our city? The only crime we committed was choosing to live in North St. Paul.

We are prisoners in our own home once again. You can't sit outside and enjoy the nice spring weather because the air is too smoky to breathe. You can't open your windows because your entire home and everything in it will reek of burning wood. All you can do is stay inside your home with everything closed to try and seal out the heavy wood smoke pollution. We are air pollution refugees.

11:15 AM: Faint to light grass smoke. I was sitting against an interior wall of the house when I smelled grass smoke coming in. The bedrooms reeked of burning grass. I shut the windows. North St. Paul sucks. 62 degrees and sunny at this time.

11:30 AM: No smoke. The grass smoke is gone.

11:55 AM: Light grass smoke. The smoke from burning yard waste returns.

12:05 PM: Burning grass and what smells like burning paper. It is not plain grass that is being burned.

1:30 PM: No smoke.

6:00 PM: No smoke. 72 degrees.

7:00 PM: Light wood smoke at this time. It's starting already. We are in for a long smoky hell of a night. It's going to be a normal polluted night in North St. Paul to put it differently. Sitting outside and breathing this air is not pleasant. Breathing this air is as enjoyable as a cigarette smoker blowing smoke in your face constantly.

8:00 PM: Light wood smoke continues.

9:00 PM: Light wood and grass smoke. There was burning grass smoke last night at this time. Could it be the same household disposing of yard waste this evening, too?

10:00 PM: Moderately strong wood smoke. The air is very smoky. You do not want to breathe this toxic North St. Paul air.

11:00 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke. The air is extremely smoky right now! This level of smoke pollution is inhumane! But heavy wood smoke like this is common in this town. To give you an idea of how heavy the smoke is, I can smell it coming in with all the windows and doors closed. These old houses have lots of cracks and gaps where North St. Paul air pollution can infiltrate.

The only way to escape the horrific air pollution in North St. Paul is to leave the city.

11:55 PM: Moderate to strong wood smoke continues. The air remains extremely smoky and unbreathable.

When I checked the air at 2:30 AM it was mostly clear. It is common for the air to be smoky all night long in North St. Paul. To have mostly clear air this early means we are lucky.

Do you want to live in a city like this?