A large pile of brush and logs was set on fire this morning on the vacant land off Jefferson Road between Heritage Drive and Honey Locust Drive. I called the City of Northfield Streets, Parks & Facilities Division and they informed me that Jasnoch Construction was issued a burning permit for it.
Back in 2004-05, after an ISSUES list discussion on Northfield.org followed by a ten-day web forum, the Council decided to halt routine brush burning at the city’s compost site in favor of chipping.
It’s odd that the City would now issue a permit to burn a big pile like this within the city limits (we had to close our windows this morning because of the smoke) instead of requiring Jasnoch to haul the brush and logs to a facility where it could be chipped.
Burning should be avoided at all costs. There are so many toxins in those fumes and I have seen them doing this last year, right after rain and wind clear the air, so we finally have some fresh clean air for a few hours before they start the fires in a very highly populated area.
I also found out that it’s okay for neighbors to burn those open pit fires
close to trees and buildings and to force other neighbors to close their windows on a 70 degree night, when the houses are heating up from the day.
There is a set back ruling, but no one seems to know that is.
I asked my neighbors what did they have against breathing clean air, and
I got the same answer I get when I ask my dog if I can borrow five bucks.
For some reason, people seem to think that burning trees, branches, trimmings and cuttings, downed vegetation is good and safe and it is not. “Biomass” is not clean, it emits high levels of PM 2.5 and smaller, and NOx, and the city shouldn’t permit it. Why is Jasnoch special, allowed to burn? (Progress, FYI, the Midtown EcoBurner in Phillips is dead!!!! One down, and Rock Tenn is next!)
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