Wood smoke reduction policy consultationWood smoke reduction policy consultation<div class="ExternalClass08DF5D8263E24502953D2947094630BF"><p>​Indoor residential wood burning is common in both urban and rural areas across the Metro Vancouver region. Wood smoke is a mixture of fine particles and many gases, including toxic air pollutants. Of the many sources of air pollutants in our region, the 100,000 fireplaces and stoves used each year are the largest source of fine particles. Fine particles are associated with negative health impacts including respiratory and cardiac issues, particularly for children, the elderly, and people with existing lung and heart conditions. Toxic air pollutants are those that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, and wood smoke is the second largest source after diesel engine emissions.</p><p>Metro Vancouver’s relatively high population density means that wood smoke from a single fireplace or stove can impact more people than in more rural areas of the province. As a result, wood smoke causes concern for many Metro Vancouver residents.</p><p>To get feedback about potential policies to reduce wood smoke from indoor residential wood burning, Metro Vancouver will be hosting preliminary consultation events in March and April 2017, for business representatives, health experts, municipal fire departments, members of the public who heat with wood, and members of the public affected by wood smoke. Metro Vancouver staff also invite feedback via email at <a href="mailto:RWB@mvrd.ca">RWB@mvrd.ca</a> or by phone at 604-432-6200.</p><p>For more information about the effects of residential wood smoke, potential policy options, and the preliminary consultation activities, please visit the Metro Vancouver website and search ‘reducing residential wood smoke’.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue29-woodsmoke.jpg2017-02-27T08:00:00ZGP0|#97c53a9a-55fd-4128-87f7-a37055130c5a;L0|#097c53a9a-55fd-4128-87f7-a37055130c5a|Issue 29;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassA3D8AD50F50C485780E48D43E85A77A4"><p>​Metro Vancouver is considering changes to residential wood-burning practices around the region.</p></div>0