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Postby Wilberforce » Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:05 pm

Wood burning banned in Southern California a third day due to high air pollution forecast

November 11, 2014 - 5:52 pm EST

LOS ANGELES — Southern California air quality regulators are banning wood burning for the third day in a row because of excessive air pollution.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is issuing a no-burn alert for Wednesday because a high concentration of fine particle air pollution is in the forecast.

Regulators say the alert is necessary to protect public health because fine particles in wood smoke can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses. The burning of manufactured fire logs made from wax or paper is also barred.

The no-burn alert applies to the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Wood burning also was prohibited in the region on Monday and Tuesday.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/3 ... Burn-Alert

More modest changes suggested for wood boilers

1 hour ago • BETSY BLOOM bbloom@lacrossetribune.com

La Crosse County officials have dialed back on some proposed new regulations for outdoor wood-fired furnaces, including delaying by a decade the deadline to replace older boilers with cleaner-burning models.

Owners of these wood-burning heaters now would have until December 2030, rather than the end of 2020, to upgrade to the “Phase II” type preferred by the EPA that experts say burns 90 percent cleaner than the older models.

In amending the proposed ordinance Monday, the county board also dropped requiring that existing wood furnaces be shut down or swapped out for the Phase 2 versions if a property is sold or transferred, or restricting the furnaces to areas zoned as general or exclusive agriculture.

Instead, the outdoor boilers would be prohibited within a platted subdivision, said Supervisor Monica Kruse, who heads the county’s Health and Human Services Board.

Altered but still in the proposed changes is requiring any outdoor wood-fired furnace within 300 to 500 feet of a dwelling not on the same property have a smokestack at least 2 feet higher than the peak roof line of that neighboring residence.

New furnaces would have to be at least 300 feet away from those neighbors, rather than the current 200 feet, and be the Phase II variety.

While the matter was to come up for a final decision this month, the changes Monday are considered substantial enough that board Chairwoman Tara Johnson ruled the amended ordinance could only be considered for first reading, meaning it won’t be voted on until December.

That allows time as well to bring the proposal to the towns association later this month for discussion.

The new regulations, first brought forth in October, are designed to address health concerns about the smoke produced by these wood-fueled furnaces, commonly referred to as wood boilers, which because they burn slower and longer emit particulate matter that can cause or aggravate certain medical conditions such as asthma. The county has received some complaints about the proximity of the wood-burning units to other homes, county Health Department Director Doug Mormann said.

“We need to do what we can to keep our neighborhoods clean and free of health hazards,” Supervisor Kim Cable said.

But some supervisors have questioned whether this is too much regulation given the number of complaints and how enforcement would be possible, as Mormann has acknowledged they don’t know the total number of wood-fired furnaces in the county. Mormann said oversight of compliance likely would be complaint-driven.

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/m ... a87bd.html

Allegheny County Takes the First Steps towards Banning Opening Burning
Posted on November 10, 2014 by Commuter Connection Program in Blog, Wood Smoke and tagged Allegheny County, Open Burning, Rules and Regulations, Wood Smoke.

November 10th, 2014
By: Mollie Simon

On Wednesday night, Allegheny County passed regulations that place limits on opening burning within the county. The Council voted 9-4 in favor of regulations that would limit outdoor fires to burning only clean wood, propane, natural gas,145209149_24177d4cbe_o charcoal, fire logs, wood pellets and smokeless fire starters. Fires also must now be at least 15 feet from the nearest property line. It’s a step in the right direction, but we need more.

The Clean Air Council and other environmental groups advocated for a ban on open burning. A recent report by Environment and Human Health Inc. (EHHI) showed that homes nearly three football fields away (850 ft.) from a wood burning units had six times the level of particulates as control homes. While it is important to have regulations on burning and wood smoke pollution, a ban is the only measure that guarantees that highest level of protection for community members.

A strong comparison can be made between wood smoke pollution and second hand smoking. The Clean Air Council addressed this in written comments to the County Council.

The health risk factors of wood smoke parallel the risk factors of secondhand smoke from tobacco use. The lessons learned with tobacco, can be applied here to fully protect county residents from the risks of wood smoke and help change the social norms on the use of wood burning.

We learned our lesson with secondhand smoke, adopting smoking bans and made our air cleaner. Let’s now wise up to the dangers of wood smoke.

Some members of the County Council argued that regulations should not be passed because they would be hard to enforce. That is true and one of the reasons a ban makes more sense. A ban on all open burning is easier to enforce and is, more importantly, safer for the community.

Allegheny County is starting to get it right- these rules are important and are a small step towards addressing a bigger problem. But what we really need is a ban on open burning.
If you are experiencing wood smoke in your neighborhood- report it to your local health and environmental agencies with this easy app.

http://iseesmokepa.org/2014/11/10/alleg ... g-burning/
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