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PM10 problems for Timaru

posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:17 AM by ema-1 ema-1
"Timaru has a reputation for being a clean city - but try going for a walk during the winter months. Matthew Littlewood takes a deep breath and surveys the situation. It's that haze that hangs in the air, particularly on cold nights. It's ugly, smelly, and the source is pretty obvious - you only have to follow the direction of the smoke coming out of the chimneys. It's been obvious ever since I moved here three years ago: on some nights, it's so bad, you can smell it on your clothes. My anecdotal experience appears to be backed up by figures, too: Environment Canterbury's Timaru monitoring station at Anzac Square has averaged more than 30 nights of high pollution per year in the past decade"

"The previous programme, launched in 2008, saw about 430 people convert to cleaner forms of heating, such as heat pumps and pellet fires. But it's estimated that nearly 3000 more solid fuel burners will need to be replaced in the next five years if Timaru is to meet the standards. Some will be replaced by natural attrition - the burners get too old - but clearly, an improved uptake was required"

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