A study conducted during the 2012 camping season by the state's environmental quality and community health departments regarding the effect of wood smoke from the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds on the adjacent Sunset Hills neighborhood found no major problem.
“We saw no issues with National Ambient Air Quality Standards,” said Dave Fitzer of the Department of Environmental Quality. “The study was done last year from mid-May to just after Labor Day.”
According to data collected by the state during the three-and-a-half month study, nothing supports a public health hazard. The monitored particulate matter concentrations did not exceed the Department of Community Health’s 24-hour screening values.
It was determined that while the wood smoke odor may still be a source of nuisance or inconvenience for neighbors, there is not a direct link to health concerns, given the concentration levels that were monitored and the short durations of any monitored “spike."
The study also determined that the impact is less than what the community typically sees from regional sources.
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