2011 Aug. 4: CA Chico: City Council gives approval to indoor wood burning restrictions.the City Council decided Tuesday to implement mandatory wood burning restrictions.

2011 Aug. 4: CA Chico: City Council gives approval to indoor wood burning restrictions
Enterprise-Record
Council members voted 5-2 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits indoor wood burning from November to March on days the particulatepollution is unhealthy for
Excerpt:Council members voted 5-2 to adopt an ordinance that prohibits indoor wood burning from November to March on days the particulate pollution is unhealthy for sensitive groups, with certain exceptions.
The ordinance could impose fines of more than $100 on a second offense. The first would trigger a warning letter. Complaints would drive enforcement.
Exceptions to the prohibition apply for EPA-certified stoves with low emissions, structures with no other source of heat or during power outages,



and for manufactured logs in open fireplaces. People can also apply for a waiver if their household income is 80 percent or less than the area median income.a four-person household would have to make less than $46,320 to qualify.
“This is a community benefit at an exceptionally low cost,” Holcombe said..
“This is an ordinance for the sake of something,” Schwab said. “It’s for the health of our community. It’s not an ordinance for ordinance sake.”.

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