California Progress Toward Clean Air Report 2014

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California Progress Toward Clean Air Report 2014

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:10 pm

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Smoke from illegal open burning is a challenging problem. Prioritizing public education as a means to achieve compliance the Air District maintains an Online Burn Violators Training Course for first time violators of the open burning rule.
Violators who successfully complete the course can reduce their violation penalty by up to $150. Usually, this completely covers most first-time burn violation penalties. Since the Burn Course was implemented in early 2013, there have been at least 50 successful Burn Course participants.

The course can be viewed at:

The Air District has increased enforcement of the open burning rule by patrolling rural areas on no burn days. Additionally, the district conducts dust-patrol primarily of construction sites but also at large.

Smoke from fireplaces and old wood stoves continues to be challenging. The Air District’s Wood Stove Replacement Incentive Program reimburses applicants $500 for replacement with a new U.S. EPA Phase II certified stove or $600 for complete removal or the use of a new or existing natural gas, propane, or electric heating appliance.
The program even pays for the associated building permit for the new installation. The initial funding of $60,000 replaced or removed 96 woodstoves within 5 months! The Air District continues to seek funding for this program and has collaborated with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to increase this incentive amount by $300 for replacements in the Lake Tahoe Basin using funding from TRPA.
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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