School Biomass Boilers

Location Oregon
Organization Oregon Health Authority, Office of Environmental Health

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.

Outcome

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality amended their program according to the HIA’s recommendations.

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Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. Learn more about the information sources that were used to develop this page.

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  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2011
  • Decision-Level State
  • Sector Natural Resources and Energy
  • Organization Type Government Agency