Where there’s smoke there’s wood heaters

Emissions from domestic wood-fired heaters in southern Tasmania’s Huon Valley dwarf emissions from forest regeneration burns.

“Smoke plume events from prescribed burns do impact the air quality and occasionally exceed the 24-hour standard concentration for particulates,” said atmospheric scientist and project lead author, Dr Mick Meyer, “but wood-fired heater emissions lead to particulate concentrations that are seven times greater than those from prescribed burns.”

The air quality study was commissioned by Forestry Tasmania after widespread complaints by Huon Valley residents about autumn regeneration burn-offs. The study is the first intensive air quality study in the valley and involved atmospheric monitoring at Geeveston and Grove.

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