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Tag: burn bans

Feb.
22nd

POLLUTION: Redraw burn ban boundaries

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

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Feb.
22nd

POLLUTION: Refinery fire less of a threat than wood stoves?

Re: “Washington state investigates cause of BP refinery blaze” (TNT, 2-19) and photo.

With all that black smoke spewing for hours at least, “the U.S. EPA tested the air near the facility and at locations downwind and found no measurable threats from airborne pollutants related to the fire, according to the article.

Meanwhile, the Pierce County air pollution sniffers are ready to shut down with $1,000 fines the few remaining stokers of wood-burning stoves or heaters.

Do the Pierce County sniffers and the Cherry Point air sniffers come from the same planet?

Dec.
12th

BURN BAN: Crackdown a waste of taxpayer money

Re: “Tighter enforcement of burn bans possible” (TNT, 12-10).

The “wood stove police” are going to spend tax money to ferret out those dastardly wood burners.

While critical services such as police and fire protection are being reduced, the clueless bureaucrats at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency are proposing to increase enforcement officers from 12 to 75! They want to use infrared cameras for nighttime surveillance and clobber with stiff fines and fees the people trying to stay warm. All this for a problem that exists for “10 or so days every winter.”

One more example of government run

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Dec.
12th

TACOMA: Public safety vs. burn ban enforcement

Re: “Tighter enforcement of burn bans possible” (TNT, 12-10).

Personally, I agree with much of this article, and I do use a pellet stove. However, what I find interesting is that a few days ago the city of Tacoma announced it will have to lay off a large number of police and firemen because of the budget. Now the city/county wants to hire 63 more people to enforce a burn ban!

While enforcing a burn ban is important, I think having proper staffing of police officers and firefighters should be a higher priority than checking someone’s fireplace or pellet stove.

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