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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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday 09/08/2011 Air Pollution

The asshole frequent burner who burned Sunday and Monday was burning again this evening. This stupid city allows burning every day. Somebody is always burning. That's why this city is a horrible place to live. But that wasn't the worst of things tonight. We didn't get much wood smoke, but we got a heavy dose of some sort of chemical in the air as we were preparing for bed.

4:35 PM: No smoke where we are. I saw smoke rising from the asshole frequent burner's yard on the way home. I can't smell his smoke. But he always burns wood. Not to cook. Not to have a bonfire. He just burns to produce huge clouds of smoke and burn waste. He also likes to burn grass. 84 degrees, sunny, and beautiful at this time.

4:45 PM: Very faint wood smoke at this time. The smoke has the characteristic smell of whatever the asshole frequent burner burns. The wind shifted and is bringing some of the smoke down here.

5:00 PM: A very faint wood smoke is in the air at this time.

6:00 PM: No smoke.

8:00 PM: No smoke.

I went out at this time over by Silver Lake looking for wood smoke. You can always find wood smoke near Silver Lake after dark. I found a house on the western side of Lake Blvd. near Swan Ave. that was having a very smoky bonfire. The smoke extended up to Lake & Poplar, very near city council member Bob Bruton's house where the smoke was very heavy. Bob Bruton supports recreational burning and the smoke it produces. I hope the smoke made it up to his house and I hope he had his windows open to breathe it. This is the second evening that a house on Lake Blvd. was burning and producing heavy smoke. This isn't the first smoky recreational fire the house that was burning tonight has had. They bought the house in 2010 and are adding to the wood smoke pollution in the area.

9:15 PM: No smoke where we are, but the air is not fresh. There is some sort of pollutant in the air at this time.

10:00 PM: Air is not fresh. 70 degrees.

10:35 PM: A heavy chemical smell is in the air at this time. The air reeks! You cannot breathe this air! I don't know what it is. It smells like shoe polish or some sort of industrial solvent. Close the windows!

10:55 PM: The heavy chemical smell remains in the air. No chance of opening the windows before bed tonight. I hate this city.

11:50 PM: A light chemical smell continues. I checked the air on the way back to bed. I have no idea what toxic substance is in our air tonight.