Spare the Air Day delclared for Friday, Jan 30, 2009 – 511 Contra Costa

Spare the Air Day delclared for Friday, Jan 30, 2009

winter-spare-the-airFriday, January 30, 2009 has been officially declared a “Spare the Air” day.

“Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood and manufactured firelogs in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire-pits. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.”

For more info, visit sparetheair.org.

0 thoughts on “Spare the Air Day delclared for Friday, Jan 30, 2009

  1. “Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents and businesses to burn wood and manufactured firelogs in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, and outdoor fire-pits. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties.”

    How and who makes this determination. And why are wood burning fires singled out for prosecution when autos and industry contribute over 40 times as much pollution to the atmosphere. Average restaurant with broiler or BBQ pit will kick more contaminants into the atmosphere than a wood fire. Even tobacco products are exempt from prosecution, despite their being used in all public areas. Looks a littel one sided to me. What is the process going to be to rescind this rule? Public vote?

  2. Our understanding is that the Air District is looking at all pollutants including restaurants, vehicle emissions, BBQs, aerosols, etc. Two other agencies that you could pose you questions to would be CARB (California Air Resources Board). CARB sets policy on a satewide basis.

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