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Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 3, 2012

To the editor:

I’m by no means an air quality expert, but I have smelled enough toxins in my working career to be able to say during the past couple of years anyone with a nose could tell you something smells badly in the downtown core area.

The air contains toxins, in my opinion. I’m told it comes from the process of coffee roasting. These fumes are more toxic to me personally, as an asthma sufferer, than any wood smoke I’ve been exposed to.

If anyone else is interested in knowing what toxins are involved in the process of coffee roasting, see It comes from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District,

I would hope the city and the borough would be concerned enough to investigate to see that emissions from coffee roasting are being handled in an appropriate manner.

Ross Beal


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