2011 Aug. 10: MT Lewis & Clark County: (wood stove restriction proposed): Air quality regulation revision proposed
Air quality regulation revision proposed
Health officials say those fuels produce large volumes of particulate matter … feedback from people who use wood stoves to offset their heating costs. …
The Lewis and Clark County Environmental Health Department is proposing a revision to the outdoor air quality regulations to keep local standards in line with the EPA.
New Air Quality Regulations Proposed
– Ban burning of coal in the county
– Restrict use of wood and solid fuel stoves
(on poor air quality days)
The proposal (…) restricts the use of wood and solid fuel stoves on poor air quality days. Health officials say those fuels produce large volumes of particulate matter which can get deep into the lungs and cause inflammation and decrease function. Environmental division administrator Kathy Moore (…) says the health costs may be greater than the financial benefit.
“It’s also important to remember that wood smoke can negatively impact the health of neighbors and family and it is best for everyone to have cleaner air to breathe,” says Moore.
Moore says enforcement measures would also change under the proposed revision and fines would increase dramatically. The revised regulations will be presented to the county commission at their meeting Thursday morning.