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Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Fwd: Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program

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  • Trey Baskett
    The suppression of wildfires in the southwest alone, over the decades, has more than compensated for any wood burning fireplace particulate in our atmosphere
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 3, 2012
      The suppression of wildfires in the southwest alone, over the decades, has more than compensated for any wood burning fireplace particulate in our atmosphere and will continue to do so.
      If they want to regulate fireplaces they should grandfather in the old ones and require stricter regulations for NEW construction. And, maybe, just maybe, approve a list of woods that can be burned. But to tell people they have to invest in a natural gas insert which will only promote the toxic fracking of natural gas deposits, and line the pockets of the gas utilities, is beyond insane. And to fine people for this is even further beyond the pale. Man has been burning wood since the beginning of time. It is the natural order of things.

      If people keep voting in candidates who espouse large, centralized governments, state OR federal, which provide all encompassing programs like Obamacare you will get exactly what we have here...a group of bean counting bureaucrats who feel entitled to reach deeply into your personal life and tell you what you can and can cannot eat, or do or burn in your fireplace. All in the name of the common good! The more they give you the more they own you. Beware.

      Ironically, if some in this state have their way, I might soon have to tolerate the odious and nauseating aroma of marijuana in public places, and yet be prohibited from enjoying a roaring holiday fire. Ludicrous.


      From: Judith Hansen <judithcheerful@...>
      To: "EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com" <EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:33 AM
      Subject: Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Fwd: Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program

       
      Have you noticed the almost smog free atmosphere of LA? Remember when...?
      Regulation. Cities need it desperately. 
      In SF fireplaces are now outlawed. Too many fires as dummies don't replace traps and screens.

      Living together closely in a fire area has its limitations.
      I understand that, but as a woman I do not want the govt telling me what I can/cannot do with my body.




      From: Trey Baskett <gcbthree@...>
      To: "EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com" <EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:27 AM
      Subject: Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Fwd: Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program

       
      Entirely and utterly ridiculous.


      From: Andrew Garsten <andrew.garsten@...>
      To: Echo Elysian NC Forum <EchoElysianNCForum@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:29 AM
      Subject: [EchoElysianNCForum] Fwd: Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program

       

      *Wintertime Residential Wood-Burning Curtailment Program*

      During late fall and winter, fine particulate (PM2.5) levels can
      rise to unhealthy concentrations during stagnant atmospheric
      conditions. Under South Coast AQMD’s “Check Before you Burn”
      program, which began yesterday, mandatory no-burn alerts will be
      issued on days and in specific areas where PM2.5 levels are forecast
      to reach unhealthy levels.

      “While fireplaces are cozy, wood smoke from these fires is a serious
      public health threat,” said Barry R. Wallerstein, AQMD’s Executive
      Officer. “Residents can play an important role in helping to clean
      the air and protect their family’s health by checking before they burn.”

      During a no-burn alert, residents in affected areas are not allowed
      to burn wood or manufactured fireplace logs in their fireplaces or
      outdoor fire pits. During a typical Southland winter, 15 to 20
      no-burn alerts are expected to be issued from Nov. 1 through the end
      of February.

      To learn if a mandatory no-burn alert has been issued for a
      particular area of the Southland, residents can:

      - Sign up at www.AirAlerts.org
      <http://www4.aqmd.gov/enewsletterpro/t.aspx?S=1&ID=205&NL=1&N=221&SI=3033&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.airalerts.org%2f>
      to receive electronic e-mail notices when a no-burn alert is issued
      for their area;

      - Enter their ZIP code at**www.aqmd.gov/noburn
      <http://www4.aqmd.gov/enewsletterpro/t.aspx?S=1&ID=205&NL=1&N=221&SI=3033&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.aqmd.gov%2fnoburn>
      to see if a no-burn alert has been issued for their area; or

      - Call AQMD’s 24-hour Check Before You Burn toll-free line at (866)
      966-3293.

      This winter, AQMD will partner with local TV station ABC 7 to help
      deliver air quality messages during news weathercasts.

      Now in its third year, Check Before You Burn is part of AQMD’s
      Healthy Hearths initiative and Rule 445 to protect public health by
      reducing harmful fine particulate pollution during winter months.
      The program was voluntary during 2010 but became mandatory last year.

      Alerts are issued when PM2.5 levels are forecast to exceed the
      federal health standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter averaged
      over a 24-hour period. Alerts are issued one day in advance and last
      for 24 hours. For example, an alert issued on a Monday is in place
      from Monday at midnight (just after 11:59 p.m. Monday) until Tuesday
      at midnight.

      Residents who burn wood in their fireplaces when a no-burn alert has
      been issued could be fined $50 as a first-time violator. They would
      also have the option of completing a wood smoke awareness course in
      lieu of the fine. For a second violation, the fine increases to
      $150 or instead of the fine a resident may install a permanent
      gas-fueled fireplace. Third time violators will receive a $500 fine
      or instead may fund a project that will benefit the environment.
      Multiple violations are accrued only if they occur during a single
      wood-burning season, November through February.

      To report a suspected violation, residents may call 1-800-CUT-SMOG
      (1-800-288-7664) or use the online complaint feature at www.aqmd.gov
      <http://www4.aqmd.gov/enewsletterpro/t.aspx?S=1&ID=205&NL=1&N=221&SI=3033&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.aqmd.gov%2f>.

      Properties located 3,000 feet above sea level, low-income households
      or those without natural gas access are

      exempt from curtailment requirements. Campfires, beach bonfires and
      ceremonial burning are also exempt from mandatory curtailment.

      To encourage residents to convert their existing wood-burning
      fireplaces to clean-burning gas logs, AQMD’s popular Gas Log
      Incentive Program offers residents a discount of up to $200 to
      convert their existing wood-burning fireplace to a clean-burning gas
      log set. Residents using clean-burning gas logs are not subject to
      the curtailment program.

      Fireplaces and other wood-burning devices are actively used in an
      estimated 1.2 million households in the Southland. They emit more
      than five tons of harmful PM2.5 emissions per day in the South Coast
      Air Basin -- more than /four times/ the amount of PM2.5 emitted from
      all of the power plants in the Southland. From November through
      February, when wood burning is at its peak, it is estimated to cause
      more than 10 tons per day of PM2.5 emissions.

      PM2.5 is a serious public health threat associated with a wide range
      of adverse health effects. The California Air Resources Board has
      estimated that PM2.5 pollution from all sources in the Southland
      could result in about 5,000 premature deaths per year. Southern
      California has some of the worst PM2.5 air quality in the nation.

      Since wood smoke is such a serious public health threat, most areas
      of Central and Northern California – in addition to many other areas
      and cities across the nation –have had mandatory wood-burning
      restrictions in place for several years.

      For more information on the Check Before You Burn program, the
      Healthy Hearths initiative, health impacts from wood smoke and the
      Gas Log Incentive Program, visit www.healthyhearths.org.
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      AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
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