City of Iqaluit should stop burning cardboard and wood: Nunavut health dept. – CBC

Oct 11, 2016

‘It’s really important that people have clean air to breathe,’ said chief medical health officer

Nunavut’s chief medical health officer is asking the City of Iqaluit to stop burning cardboard and treated wood in its landfill, citing air quality concerns.

Dr. Kim Barker has sent a letter to the city requesting that it stop the practice, pointing to a scrap metal fire earlier this summer near the dump, when the health department issued an advisory about smoke inhalation.

“Following the fire this summer we were very concerned about the fact there is a potential risk, particularly for people with underlying respiratory disease,” Barker said in an interview with CBC.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-health-iqaluit-stop-burning-cardboard-wood-1.3798929

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