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POLLUTION: Redraw burn ban boundaries

Letter by Gene H. Gattavara, Buckley on Feb. 22, 2012 at 11:59 am with 2 Comments »
February 22, 2012 12:16 pm

Re: “EPA deadline drives state to boost air rules” (TNT, 2021).

The air pollution regulators are at it again relative to restricting wood-stove burning in our area.

They just don’t understand that enforcing burn bans based on artificial political boundaries doesn’t work. For example, under a King County burn OK and a Pierce County burn bank, a home on the Enumclaw side of White River could burn away legally, while a home a few feet across the river in Buckley would be banned from burning and subject to heavy penalties and fines.

The regulators should be smart enough to realize that new burning zone boundaries need to be created that take into account typical wind patterns, heavily concentrated population and industrial areas, traffic density patterns and past pollution problem areas.

Until they do this, our citizens and elected officials should fight any actions to increase wood stove air pollution regulations.

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  1. Gene:
    You’re on it! Basically, the EPA leaves us alone (as counties) until we have a certain number of days considered “non-compliant”. During these days an air sample contains a number of pollutants and particulate matter which is above a limit set by the EPA. If you have a certain number of these days in a year, you are tagged a “non-attainment” area. Once you are non-compliant you have a period of time to reduce your occurrences or the EPA tags you as a non-attainment area and implements things like vehicle emissions programs, reformulated fuels, hybrid technology, etc… and oh yeah,burn bans.
    People burn wood for heat, not entertainment. It isn’t a luxury to have to think in advance about your heat source. Resources dedicated to pollution control need the look at every other source of pollution FIRST, before looking at domestic heat sources.

  2. No matter where the line is drawn there will be two sides to that line.

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