Further evidence of dogma trumping need.
ECAN staff are siezing on the earthquake damage to further eliminate log burners from Christchurch homes.
Homes that had a logburner as a primary heat source that often doubled as a total alternative to Electricity but require replacement due to EQ damage, are being declined any existing rights under the permit to reinstate the structure following the siesmic events of the last two years.
Using the National Guidelines on Air Quality as the gospel, these powerful little people are causing serious angst among the vulnerable.
With the weather delivering seemingly more adverse events coupled with an electrical infrastructure still in a fragile state, the need for alternative heating, water heating and cooking is more apparent than ever.
Yes the city has a problem with air polution due to geography and air flows at times of heavy frost but short bursts of 'smog' at odd times, usually localised and late at night, does not in itself make for insurmountable problems. As a boarding school pupil in the middle of last century the much smaller city had serious air polution problems with all homes heated by open coal fires, many cooking on coal ranges and a Gas works at Watham, smog would settle mid afternoon most calm winter days.
In current times air polution from Vehicle emissions have driven the share from home heating to much lower levels proportionately.
A reasonable question in 2012 would be how many health issues are manifesting due to cold homes that far outweigh problems with scattered readings of air polution exceeding the notional ideal that perpetrates the very unfair now extinguished right to a log fire for basic affordable comfort.
Modern Logburners are very efficient with dry firewood.
Oh and btw many of the state funded "heatpumps" are being seriously compromised by very cold outside air temperatures to a point that renders them ineffective.
Time methinks for the Commissioners to direct the idealogically driven staff to be more practical in the face of clear evidence the policy is wrong headed.
Small comfort to die from hypothermia with no damage to the airway.