published on October 31, 2016 - 12:07 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is kicking off its 14th “Check Before You Burn” season beginning Nov. 1.

 

The program aims to minimize particulate pollution due to smoke from residential wood burning. Each day through the end of February 2017 season, the district will issue a daily wood-burning status by county. Status updates include no burning at residences, only registered clean-burning devices allowed and no restrictions.

To get the daily burn status, Valley residents may sign up for email notifications by visiting www.valleyair.org/CBYB. Daily wood-burning declarations are also available by calling 1-800-SMOG INFO (766-4463) or by downloading the free iPhone app “Valley Air” from the App Store.

In order to take advantage of additional season burn days, Valley residents are invited to register their clean EPA Phase II wood or pellet burning device with the District by visiting www.valleyair.org/CBYBregistration.

Valley residents wanting to switch out older wood-burning devices for a cleaner model can take advantage of the District’s Burn Cleaner grants which provide $1,000 for certified wood, pellet inserts, freestanding stoves or natural gas inserts or $2,500 for eligible low-income applicants for all devices.

An additional $500 is available to all applicants for the installation costs on a natural gas device. To participate in this program, visit www.valleyair.org/burncleaner.

“Wood smoke is one of the most dangerous pollutants that you can expose yourself, your children, and your neighbors to,” said Seyed Sadredin, air district executive director. “Prolonged exposure to wood smoke can lead to pulmonary arterial hypertension, pulmonary heart disease, heart failure and cancer.”

There are two exceptions to wood-burning prohibitions: If the residence does not have another source of heat or if the residence does not have access to natural-gas service.


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