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    Posted: Nov 01 2013 at 6:23pm

 

Winter spare the air season starts today

By Bay City News Service

 
Posted:   11/01/2013 06:57:25 AM PDT | Updated:   about 11 hours ago
Burning wood in the Bay Area will be illegal on certain days during the Winter Spare the Air season, which begins Friday, according to air quality officials.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District decides daily during the season, which runs through February, whether air quality in the region is healthy enough to allow the burning of wood, firelogs or other solid fuel.

There were 10 Winter Spare the Air alerts issued during the previous season.

The alerts are generally issued when cold temperatures and calm winds trap pollution close to the ground, creating health hazards particularly for children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, air quality officials said.

The air district received 2,316 wood smoke complaints from Bay Area residents during the previous winter season and issued 178 tickets to those observed to be in violation of the wood burning ban.

First-time violators are encouraged to take a wood smoke awareness course to learn more about the health impacts of the pollution.

Those who choose not to take the course receive a $100 ticket, with subsequent violations prompting larger fines, air quality officials said.

"The Winter Spare the Air program has successfully helped the public understand the hazards of wood smoke while helping us make significant progress toward cleaner air in our neighborhoods," Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, said in a statement.

Residents concerned about wood smoke pollution or looking to see whether the alert is in effect can call (877) 4NO-BURN or visit www.sparetheair.org.



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Originally posted by blueblood blueblood wrote:

 There were 10 Winter Spare the Air alerts issued during the previous season.

The alerts are generally issued when cold temperatures and calm winds trap pollution close to the ground, creating health hazards particularly for children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions, air quality officials said.

 
Boo-hoo.
 
How many smog alerts and daily "fill after xpm" stuff do we get.
 
So let's understand your complaint, you're not happy that a community is discouraging pollution with a fine in order to protect seniors, kids, and anyone with respiratory illnesses?
 
Prolife indeed....
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EPA Bans Most Wood-Burning Stoves

Wood-burning stoves offer warmth and enhance off-grid living options during cold weather months, but the tried-and-true heating devices now are under attack by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has banned the production and sale of the types of stoves used by about 80 percent of those with such stoves. The regulations limit the amount of “airborne fine-particle matter” to 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The current EPA regulations allow for 15 micrograms in the same amount of air space.

Most of the wood stoves currently nestled inside cabins and homes from coast-to-coast don’t meet the new environmental standard. The EPA launched a “Burn Wise” website to help convince the public that the new regulations were needed.

Trading in an old stove for a newer stove isn’t allowed.

“Replacing an older stove with a cleaner-burning stove will not improve air quality if the older stove is reused somewhere else,” the website says. “For this reason, wood stove change out programs usually require older stoves to be destroyed and recycled as scrap metal, or rendered inoperable.”

In some areas of the country, local governments have gone further than the EPA and banned not just the sale of such stoves, but the usage of old stoves – and even the usage of fireplaces. That means that even if you still have a stove or a fireplace, you can’t burn it for fear of a fine. Puget Sound, Washington, is one such location.

 

Burn Wise is a partnership program associated with the EPA that is tasked with emphasizing the “importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right stove.” Information shared on the website operated by the federal government also states that both state and local agencies are pursuing ways to improve air quality that relate to wood-burning stoves.

The overall goal of the EPA Burn Wise program is to educate both local governmental agencies and citizens about the need for more “cleaner-burning” in the marketplace. Three of the most recent highlighted articles and webinars on the EPA Burn Wise website include details about a voluntary wood burning fireplace program, strategies for reducing residential wood some in state, tribal, and local communities, and a recording entitled, “Reducing Residential Wood Some: Is it Worth it?”

The EPA also has compiled a list of “approved” stoves.

According to a Washington Times review of the wood stove ban, the most dangerous aspect of the EPA proposed guidelines is the one-size-fits-all approach to the perceived problem. The same wood burning stove rules would apply to both heavily air-pollution laden major cities and far cleaner rural regions with extremely cooler temperatures. Families living in Alaska, or off the grid in wilderness area in the West, will most likely have extreme difficulty remaining in their cold, secluded homes if the EPA wood stove rules are approved.

The Times further said that wood burning stoves put less airborne fine-particle manner in the air than is present from secondhand some in a closed vehicle. When an individual smokes inside a car with the windows up, passengers are reportedly exposed to approximately 4,000 micrograms of soot per cubic meter.

Wrote the Times’ editorial board:

“Alaska’s 663,000 square miles is mostly forested, offering residents an abundant source of affordable firewood. When county officials floated a plan to regulate the burning of wood, residents were understandably inflamed. ‘Everybody wants clean air. We just have to make sure that we can also heat our homes,’ state Rep. Tammie Wilson told the Associated Press. Rather than fret over EPA’s computer-model-based warning about the dangers of inhaling soot from wood smoke, residents have more pressing concerns on their minds such as the immediate risk of freezing when the mercury plunges.”



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There is no used replying to him.

He never answers a criticism.  He simply posts more propaganda.


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But coal fired power plants are ok ?
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Originally posted by Dadsby Dadsby wrote:

But coal fired power plants are ok ?
 
 
No. Not really.
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Coal plants are ok as long as they are fueling your libtard electric car.
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Originally posted by bobpreston bobpreston wrote:

Coal plants are ok as long as they are fueling your libtard electric car.
 
I drive a regular petrol/gasoline engine car?
 
As far as I know the only fully electric cars are Teslas...and I've seen all of one around here...on it's way back to the dealership in columbus.
 
As usual, your argument falls flat on its face. Keep up the good work.
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