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Burn ban issued for Pierce County

Post by Rob Carson / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm with 9 Comments »
January 12, 2013 2:46 pm

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Pierce County effective at 1 p.m. today, due to cold stagnant weather condition and rising air pollution.

Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves.

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  1. BigBlockChev says:

    Oh sure…the enviro-nuts decide on the coldest day of the year that their phony little pollution agenda needs to prevail over the folks staying warm…

    These are unelected bureaucrats that have zero accountability to the voters and taxpayers. In my opinion, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power. There is absolutely nothing in our state constitution that gives these loons police power over us.

    Burn on!

  2. simonsjs says:

    Totally agree with you. These nut jobs have to do something like this to justify their jobs. NONSENSE!

  3. fryingpan says:

    I agree. Let people with asthma or other breathing difficulties, or those who simply don’t want to increase their risk of such difficulties, breathe cake.

  4. If you have to burn wood to keep yourself warm, you really need to “take responsibility” for yourself and get a blanket and/or space heater. Just the other day at the City Council building, they had info on supporting transition from wood-fire stoves to other means of heating. These regulatory agency cares about something that should be valuable to us: OUR AIR. They were created by the state legislature and do have authority to regulate. If you don’t like it, maybe you should get involved.

    Also, I hear the pollution is so bad in China that the mega-rich have to install air filters into their homes, while the poor get asthma and other chronic illnesses. If it was up to BigBlockChev, the good ol’ US of A would be the same way. No thanks.

  5. PolarBear53 says:

    Gtaylor that’s because they burn dirty coal, have lacking industral standards. It’s not wood smoke. Btw I’m thrown a extra wet bundle just to make air smell like we’re camping just for pierce county. enjoy!

  6. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I want to be in the room when the enviro nazis issue a ticket to a poor family trying to stay warm on the coldest time of the year.

    Even if wood stove litter the air for a short period wind and rains will clean the atmosphere soon after.

    What you are seeing is an over reach of a gov. agency with zero accountability to the voters.

    Burn on friends. This is America and exercise your freedom or it will be taken away.

  7. From what I read here it should be ok for anyone to do anything they want at any time they want.
    Maybe start a toxic chemical storage in the front yard. Why pay for sewers, just dig a trench in the back yard. Just throw the garbage in the street. Maybe a dozen vicious dogs and a couple goats, couple dozen chickens, would need a rooster also, a pig or two, a nice cow, maybe a bull. Fences, why should I bother. How about starting a rock band and practice at all hours of the day and night. Could start storing junk cars in all the parking spaces in the neighborhood.
    What some of the posters here do not seem to get is that they do not live in a vacuum. What they do affects others. Thick toxic smoke belching from every chimney would soon make the air so toxic that all the descent people would move out of Tacoma, Oh I forget that most of the descent folk seem to have moved out of Tacompton already.
    I was always told that it wasn’t a very smart idea to pee into the wind. I guess some of the posters here do think that is a good idea.
    The burn bans have a reason.
    Burn bans communicate to sociopathic individuals that what they are doing affecting others who joined together to make laws that try to make a descent place for everyone to live in.
    Your rights end when what you do works to the detriment and degradation of others rights.
    Just my opinion, I could be wrong, but I doubt it.
    Now I need to go to the store and wait in a long crowded line while I pass some nice bean gas. It makes me happy and keeps me warm. ;}

  8. whydoyoudothat says:

    @mgopher- You are wrong. Telling people to “help the air” by not using their wood burning fireplaces is like hoping to put out the heat from a volcano by dropping a thimbleful of water into it. We have bad air quality today so you are not allowed to be warm in your own home. Meanwhile, the folks who are really churning up the dirty air shipping docks, oil refineries, chemical manufacturing plants and food processing companies continue with business as usual.

    Freeze your balls off but at least when you’re on your way to work you will get to use the heater in your car while you and thousands of others sit and idle in traffic all the while a prefectly good and mostly unused HOV lane sits right beside you. Great! So the problem is the wood stoves. Not the thousands of cars sitting with their engines idling in traffic! You better be careful with that bean gas or our esteemed PSCAA will be out to put a ban on that as well!

  9. Big Block is there no subject in which you won’t pontificate? Not only are you a highway design engineer extraordinaire but now you’re a constitutional law expert? And pollution is a myth, like global warning? Good lord you’re a fool.

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