Letter to the editor: CO2 an issue with city burn?

I have one question about the plan by the Vergennes City Fire Department to conduct a planned burn of the building at 40 North Street (“City Firefighters Plan Training Burn,” Addison Independent, May 6, 2021).

Has anyone considered how much carbon dioxide, a damaging greenhouse gas, will be released into the atmosphere as a result of this fire?

Current regulations do not allow for outdoor trash burning. Wood stoves are required to meet stringent air pollution control standards. How, then, can burning a large wooden building be permitted?

Even if this burn is permitted under current regulations, in light of the consequences to our climate, it should not be allowed to take place.

Fran Putnam


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