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Burnoffs’ chemical cocktail


UPDATE: Smoke haze from burnoffs pushed Tasmania close to breaching air safety standards last week.

In one 24-hour period, emission levels from the forestry regeneration and fuel-reduction burns “were approaching the standard”, state environmental management director Warren Jones told the Sunday Tasmanian.

Elevated particle levels had been detected in Launceston and Hobart on several days during the week.

A Sunday Tasmanian investigation into the smoke haze has revealed:

Between 5000ha and 7000ha is earmarked for forestry regeneration burns this season. About 70,000ha of the state’s forest was razed by wildfire in the past summer.

The smoke contains a mix of carbon monoxide, tar, ash, ammonia and known carcinogens such as formaldehyde and benzene.

[From Sunday Tasmanian]



vicki 04.30.08 at 6:55 pm

Tasmania used to be a beautiful clean place to live but with our present governments attitude about burn offs and tasmanians health makes us wonder wether we count as human beings. We are told to stay inside but our homes aren,t air tight so we still suffer, if we need to go to hospital we will probably come out with some disease that makes us much worse off. But we can go watch the races in comfort oh and don’t forget hawthorn football club they have enough money from our taxes to bulldoze fire breaks and fix a few problems at our hospital.

Wild William 03.17.10 at 8:14 pm

There is still with us, this mania for human fire control implementation methodologies to supposedly reduce forest floor litter, thus we are told to reduce the risk of Bushfires.
Knowing full well the mass destruction of native animal habitats through such eccentric practices, it is still endorsed by those who have the licence to set fire to portions of our State in Tasmania each year.
Surely we have the capacity in this State to fight such fires as ignited by lightning, without the need to employ these resources in destroying so much of Tasmania?

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