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New burn regulations in the San Joaquin Valley

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:08 pm

New burn regulations in the San Joaquin Valley
10/28/2014 05:34 PM

Residential wood burning season will begin this Saturday, November 1.

Due to the air quality issues here in the San Joaquin Valley we have been restricted in the past on what days we can burn wood... this year that is changing.

The Air Pollution Control District has implemented a new declaration level that will allow residents with clean burning heating devices to use them more often.

If you do not have a clean burning device, the Air Pollution Control District is offering big bucks for you to upgrade.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says during the worst winter days, up to one third of all particulate pollution comes from people burning wood in their homes.

The valley's unique topography, geography and meteorology creates a stagnant pool of unhealthy air here, and this winter the Air District wants to allow more burning days...but only if you register.

Heather Heinks of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says, "what registered means is you've got a clean burning device in your house. It was created in the 1990's or later... You have got to take a look at the model and the manufacturer information and go on our website... plug that in, give us your address, and submit that to the District"

Once you do so.. you will be able to burn whenever you see the orange triangle .. a projected 73 more days this winter.

There are only six days projected for this winter where you will see the no burning stop sign, and some days will have no restrictions.

Heather Heinks says if you want to burn wood... The District wants you to burn cleaner, so if you do not have a wood burning device that is EPA Phase II certified, The District will give you $1500 to upgrade, or if you qualify for the low income eligibility you can receive $2500.

There is also an extra $500 incentive available for everyone who wants to upgrade to a gas device.

Greg Flanagan, of Econo Air, says that the low income $3000 incentive can get you a fully paid gas insert. He says, "with gas there are no regulations and it is more efficient, more controllable.. the remote is your thermostat with gas, so that is definitely 95% of our sales"

Valley Air officials say that they have received 500 applications so far from the entire valley and only 73 from Kern County.

If you would like to register or want more information on the "Check Before You Burn" program go to

source ... DI4oYfHBrQ
• 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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