Study: Wood Smoke a Leading Health Concern in Tacoma
Diesel Exhaust and Smoke from Residential Fires Linked to Higher Cancer Risk
MARCH 3, 2011–A new report released today by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency highlights the harmful pollutants associated with wood smoke, particularly in Tacoma residential areas.
Through a study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the University of Washington measured the concentrations of toxic air pollutants in Tacoma and Seattle and identified the chief contributors. Exhaust from diesel engines continues to be the leading source of toxic pollution, with substantial contribution from fireplaces and wood stoves in residential areas. The Clean Air Agency protects the health of the 3.5 million residents of Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties.