Have a look at Environment Canterbury’s page on High Pollution Nights.
None of the monitored towns have come in under the one exceedance a year of 50 micrograms of sub 10 micron particulate pollution per cubic metre. And these are just the pollution nights this winter so far!! 44 nights in Timaru and up to 5 times the allowable limit of the already lax standards.
And Canterbury already has the toughest rules about woodburners in New Zealand, and yet they aren’t enough to stop excessive pollution. Could it be that complete prohibition is what is really needed? Hey Greater Wellington Regional Council, are you listening?
Is anyone listening? The proof is in the data. It is flamin’ obvious. What we need is a prohibition on wood burners. Hey Nick Smith, are you asleep at the wheel? Or are these numbers acceptable?
|Location||Pollution Level Yesterday||No. of High Pollution Nights||Highest Pollution Level||2nd Highest Pollution Level|
|Christchurch – St Albans*||8||12||90||72|
|Christchurch – Burnside**||-1||6||62||59|
|Christchurch – Woolston||19||13||100||92|
|Timaru – Anzac Park*||33||44||148||124|
|Timaru – Washdyke||18||4||56||55|