Open burning harmful to Peters Township residents

Published May 28, 2014 at 5:16 am (Updated May 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm)

As a longtime resident of Peters Township, I am very saddened by the continuing unhealthy practice of allowing open burning in our township. My son and I have been medically affected by this practice for the last three years due to new housing development land clearing burning, and now a neighborhood individual land clearing burning. I have tried numerous times to have our municipality consider the research presented by the EPA about the health risks of open burning.

These health risks include sudden death, heart attack, cancer and multiple lung diseases to name a few. Many states have banned open burning statewide. These risks are greatly increased in children, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. As a mother of three children, I am scared for our health status if we are continually exposed to these carcinogens produced by open burning.

I guess Peters Township doesn’t really care about the health of its citizens.

Trudi Alexander

Peters Township

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