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APCD to make residential wood burning rule more stringent

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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is developing revisions to its wood burning regulations in Rule 4901, including provisions that will make it even more stringent. A public workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m., tomorrow, March 26, to present new strategies that will further reduce particulate emissions from wood burning in the San Joaquin Valley. Comments from those interested in the new revisions will also be accepted.

The rule applies to wood burning fireplaces and heaters commonly used in residences.

Some of the new provisions include:

  • Establishing a new, lower prohibition level that only allows the use of registered cleaner burning devices.
  • Increasing the number of "no burn" days for non-registered wood burning devices.
  • Improving the APCD's incentive program and outreach efforts.

Those interested in attending may do so at any of the APCD offices in Fresno, Modesto or Bakersfield, either in person or via video-conference. In addition, the workshop will be webcast from the APCD's website.