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Martha W.

My husband and I both have asthma. We live in a rural area (Ghent, NY) and we are surrounded by people who use indoor wood stoves all winter long. My husband is kind and tactful - offering to pay for propane or even pellet burners. The response has been anger and defensiveness. We are at the bottom of a hill and acrid wood smoke penetrates our (new, well built) house. We sometimes cough for weeks when the smoke starts up, even having to pack up and go to our small apartment in NYC, where the air is much cleaner!

Also, we have a rescue for abused and abandoned horses, and this terrible pollution affects our farm manager and the innocent animals here. We have no recourse since there are no laws regulating this type of pollution.

First Published: September 18, 2018