The Oregon Health Authority, Office of Environmental Public Health conducted an HIA to examine the potential health impacts of using biomass (wood) burning boilers in schools. A new policy allows school districts around the state to convert their heating systems to boilers that burn wood chips or pellets. Possible health impacts include asthma, cancer, and general cardiovascular irritation from pollutants.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality amended their program according to the HIA’s recommendations.
- Organization Web Site:
- www.oregon.gov/odf/field/rose/docs/Oregon Biomass Case Studies
- Contact Email:
- [email protected]
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Additional topic areas:Schools
Drivers of health:Clean air and water
Affected populations:Children, Chronic health conditions
Funding source:Other funding