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Bo Joe

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No burning at all is the best choice. According to EPA web site, Residents may burn "plain" brown cardboard boxes, untreated and unpainted wood ONLY. Business owners cannot burn “Anything”, absolutely “Nothing”!
The burning of metals, treated lumber, old tires, and plastic, etc releases toxic waste (also known as dioxins) into the air, ground and water streams which is dangerous to the health of humans and wildlife. Plus it is illegal to burn. Penalties can run up to $25,000 per day you are caught burning.(Beware; there is a well established coalition against open trash burning). What's in your wallet? What's in your lungs and your blood stream, your children's, your unborn child's?
You think you are saving money when you burn your trash but, in do so you actually are creating a higher cost to yourself and those around you. Toxic fumes from burning trash create known cancer causing agents. How many children in your area have cancer?
Copy/Paste the following PDF web site to learn where your county rates in cancer deaths. It appears the folks in western Kentucky, even with factories and smog is living cleaner than the rest of us. KENTUCKY CANCER DATA SUMMARY - 2011 Prepared by The Hope Light Foundation on 29 March 2012 based on current NCI/CDC data at: www.statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/ . Kentucky Cancer Data Summary – 2011
Apparently, trash burn dioxins can also alter your DNA! How many children in your area are born with deformities or mental disorders? The numbers are high. Seriously high enough that nearly every public school now has a mental health counselor on site daily. Children with mental health disorders range above 100 in the smallest populated counties. Ask yourself why and what role you play in creating mental and physical health hazards.
UK is currently conducting a study to determine environmental causes of cancer in Kentucky.
This article states,“A “high” lung cancer rate is defined as more than 101.6 cases per 100,000 residents. By this definition, 83 percent of the counties in the 5th District have high rates, compared to 38 percent for the rest of Kentucky.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of lung cancer, and 25 percent of Kentuckians smoke, compared to the 21 percent of people nationally.

But smoking on its own doesn’t explain the discrepancy between southeastern Kentucky and the rest of the nation, said Arnold.
“We know that tobacco is the number one cause of lung cancer, but that isn‘t the only factor causing the high cancer burden for southeastern Kentucky,” Arnold says.“So we started to look for other possible reasons. Could environmental carcinogens play a role? That’s what this grant will allow us to investigate.”…(University College of Medicine, 2011).” Copy/paste or click the link below for more information.
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University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2011). Kentucky homeplace to participate in $1.43 milliom lung cancer study. Center for Excellence in Rural Health-Hazard. http://www.mc.uky.edu/ruralhealth/khplung.asp .
FYI- you may be eating what you burn! The ground, plants, and animals absorb dangerous dioxins from burning trash! That mouth watering garden may be hazardous to your health and just washing your bounty will not remove dioxins. Now consider that home grown chicken, pig or beef, they too are infected! Check this web site. http://air.ky.gov/Pages/OpenBurning.aspx . Click on the right on Open Burning.
Am I too guilty of home trash burning? At one point in time, yes I burned my garbage. I was unaware of the health issues related with trash burning and this county does not have mandatory “no burn” or enforced garbage pick-up.(Defiance to federal law)? Therefore, I apologize for endangering your health.
How do we make restitution and clean up our actions? One person at a time, stop burning trash. Encourage others to do the same.
Encourage your county officials to conduct 1 “free” dump day month.
Jake

Campton, KY

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Enjoyed your post...frighten to think about. I use the transfer dump. 75 cents a bag to clean up my mess. Times I believe all of Wolfe county is on fire. I use to wash down my house once a year, noticed this summer the black grim is back in about 6 weeks. I'm gonna call our smiling county judge about starting that free one day a month dump day. Election is just around the corner!
Ela

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I have asthma, I can't enjoy the outdoors for all the nasty smoke and the smoke from illegal burns even drifts indoors, setting off attacks.

Can I sue for endangering my health?
well well

West Liberty, KY

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have you ever went to ur nabor and let them know about ur condion ? hay if u do it may be that he is nice person amd may just stop for you ok worth a shoot
YEP

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well well wrote:
have you ever went to ur nabor and let them know about ur condion ? hay if u do it may be that he is nice person amd may just stop for you ok worth a shoot
And even offered to pay for three months garbage pickup. Still didn't do no good. And that one is family.LOL J B Stamper turned them in once and all they did was move it from the front to the back so it can't really be seen from the road.
The other wouldn't do a thing if you did ask her to clean it up except to say it was her property and she was a poor widow woman with no help. Lies, she is divorced with grown kids that would help if she would let them.She is just crazy among other things. Others in the neighborhood is best just to leave them alone. You never know what will happen.
well well

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sorry for u but yes some pepole has no heart if i was asked n done that id be more then honerd to quite burning inorder to help someones health
Green

West Liberty, KY

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well well wrote:
have you ever went to ur nabor and let them know about ur condion ? hay if u do it may be that he is nice person amd may just stop for you ok worth a shoot
Bless you "well well", wish I had a good neighbor like you! Unfortunately, change usually comes through government intervention and public protest. I personally will continue to protest until government officials do the job taxpayers are providing for them.

The EPA makes these rules and regulations but sit back and wait for citizens to complain so that citizens can take the blame. This only furthers ill feelings within neighborhoods.

While on the other hand the EPA representative or any other government official can go home, get paid for a job shabbily done, and rest comfortable in their well established clean environment.
Green

West Liberty, KY

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well well wrote:
sorry for u but yes some pepole has no heart if i was asked n done that id be more then honerd to quite burning inorder to help someones health
Well, well "well well" If you are a burner, here is some info to protect not just your neighbor but you and your loved ones.

http://www.epa.gov/air/community/details/barr...

Backyard burning can emit pollutants such as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), particle pollution, and volatile organic compounds (VOC). These pollutants can contribute to health problems that may affect homeowners, their families, their neighbors, and the community. While state, local, and Tribal regulations limit the amount of backyard burning, dangerous releases of HAPs can occur if a homeowner does not comply with these regulations. Burning trash produces many pollutants, including:
• Dioxins
o Dioxins are released when items containing even trace amounts of chlorine are burned. One burn barrel can produce as much or more than a full-scale municipal waste combustor burning 200 tons a day (EPA).
o Dioxins are persistent, bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs). They remain in the environment for extended periods of time and increase in concentration as they move up the food chain.
o Dioxins enter the food chain by settling out of the air into water and onto vegetation. Since most backyard burning occurs in rural areas, dioxins are consumed by cattle and other animals that are eaten as food.
o Dioxins can cause immune system suppression, disruption of hormonal systems, and cancer.
o The EPA has developed an extensive Web site related to dioxins.
o The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has more information on the health effects of dioxin.
o The CARB has developed a fact sheet on dioxins (PDF)(1 pg, 86 kb)
• Particle pollution, also known as particulate matter
o Particle pollution is released during trash or leaf burning as small bits of ash.
o Particle pollution can lodge deep in the lungs and cause respiratory problems, cardiac arrhythmia (heartbeat irregularities), and heart attacks
o Particle pollution can also impact the young, the elderly, and people with existing conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma.
o Particle pollution can also contain other harmful pollutants such as heavy metals.
Jack

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Jul 23, 2012
 
Of course you can sue! Big companies get sued for endangering or polluting the air and water so there is nothing to exempt private citizens from the same legal actions being brought against them.( it may also be possible to toss in the area EPA and county officials for not doing their job of upholding federal and state burn laws)Now that would create a big pile of money!
Ela wrote:
I have asthma, I can't enjoy the outdoors for all the nasty smoke and the smoke from illegal burns even drifts indoors, setting off attacks.
Can I sue for endangering my health?
Curious

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I burn the hair off my old lady's cooter, does that harm the environment?????
hide and seek

Campton, KY

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I burn the hair off my old lady's cooter, does that harm the environment?????
bet she got hot ha ha

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