Crackdown on fireplaces, woodstoves

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Crackdown on fireplaces, woodstoves

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:31 pm

Crackdown on fireplaces, woodstoves
By Bob Norberg
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 8:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 8:56 a.m.

Bay Area air regulators on Wednesday passed a controversial ban on the use of wood-burning
devices on smoggy winter nights.

The ban, called “Spare the Air Tonight,” was approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management
District and replaces a program in which residents were urged to voluntarily not use fireplaces or
wood-burning stoves.

Under the regulation, use of the fireplaces and wood-burning stoves would be banned on nights
between November and February when air pollution was particularly bad.

It would affect about a million Bay Area residents, including most of Sonoma County, but it exempts
people whose only source of heat are fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.

District officials said there are about 20 nights a year in which the ban would be called.

Smoke from household fires contributes about 30 percent to 40 percent of air pollution during the
winter, when cold, still and low-lying winter air layers trap particulate matter.

The district stretches from Windsor to San Jose.

The North Bay Air Pollution Control District, which is from Windsor north, has not considered a
similar ban, but since 1993 it has required low-emission, EPA-approved stoves and fire places.

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