The quality of the air is important to all Victorians. Wood combustion for heating purposes produces wood smoke pollution, which affects the air quality in Melbourne and other regional centres throughout Victoria in the cooler months. Research has demonstrated that exposure to the pollutants contained in wood smoke, particularly particles (the main component of wood smoke), is associated with adverse health effects such as exacerbation of symptoms of respiratory illness and heart disease. Wood smoke pollution also impacts on people’s ability to enjoy the outdoors.
Correctly operating wood heaters that meet the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4013 produce significantly less particles than heaters that do not meet the Australian Standard and open fireplaces.
A waste management policy has been developed to incorporate this standard into Victorian legislation. The policy requires that all wood heaters manufactured and supplied in Victoria meet the Australian Standard. The policy also outlines a number of measures EPA will develop to minimise emissions resulting from the use and operation of solid fuel heaters.
Air, Industrial Waste Management Policies
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4 Aug 2004
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