2011 Aug. 10: New Zealand Taupo, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa, & Waikato: Wood fires targeted to cut pollution
The particles are in smoke from wood–burning fires and increase when wet wood is burned. They are not visible to the human eye and are small enough to get …Excerpt:
Tokoroa fires put excessive fine particles in the air four times last month, bringing the total number of air pollution incidents in the town this winter to 12.
A level above PM10 is considered excessive. Tokoroa will be required to reduce the number of times it exceeds this standard to no more than three per year by 2016 and one by 2020.
The particles are in smoke from wood-burning fires and increase when wet wood is burned. They are not visible to the human eye and are small enough to get into lungs and cause serious health problems.
The regional council plans to help reduce PM10 air pollution in Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taupo by spending $212,000 in 2011/12 on its Waikato Clean Heat Retrofit programme.
This year’s programme is expected to start on September 26.
Through the Waikato Clean Heat Retrofit programme, eligible homeowners will be offered free clean heat appliances such as heat pumps, complying woodburners and pellet fires, to replace older, more polluting woodburners and open fires.
In addition, South Waikato District Council is providing $200,000 per year towards installing clean heat products in the district’s high deprivation areas.
The clean heat incentive scheme is expected to start on September 1.
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