2011 Oct. 25: New Zealand, Napier & Hastings (Hawke’s Bay): Cut-off date looms for fire ban

2011 Oct. 25: New Zealand, Napier & Hastings (Hawke’s Bay): Cut-off date looms for fire ban

Cut-off date looms for fire ban
Hawke’s Bay Today
All residents are encouraged to burn dry wood in their fires, to ensure a good fire that gives off plenty of heat with minimum smoke pollution.

Excerpt:

Most homeowners can qualify for Heatsmart grants to help them convert open fires in their homes as the January 1 cut-off date looms closer.

In just over two months domestic open fires will be prohibited in Napier and Hastings as Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) brings in legislation to lower the amount of particulate matter (PM10) in the air to meet national environment standards. Currently PM10 concentrations in Napier and Hastings on cold clear winter nights exceed the standard.

The requirements for phasing out open fires and replacing burners only applies to residents within the Napier and Hastings air sheds, areas where PM10 regularly exceeds 50mcg/cu m

It is estimated that there were originally 1000 open fires in Napier and 2000 in Hastings, however some of these have already been replaced through the Government Warm up New Zealand scheme and the HBRC grants and loans for clean heat programme.

HBRC Heatsmart programme co-ordinator Mark Heaney said: “Phasing out of open fires has always been considered an essential part of being able to achieve the air quality standards in Napier and Hastings, as open fires are an inefficient form of heating and generate significant levels of smoke that contribute to smoggy winter nights.”

2011 Oct. 25: New Zealand, Napier & Hastings (Hawke’s Bay): Cut-off date looms for fire ban

Cut-off date looms for fire ban
Hawke’s Bay Today
All residents are encouraged to burn dry wood in their fires, to ensure a good fire that gives off plenty of heat with minimum smoke pollution.

Excerpt:

Most homeowners can qualify for Heatsmart grants to help them convert open fires in their homes as the January 1 cut-off date looms closer.

In just over two months domestic open fires will be prohibited in Napier and Hastings as Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) brings in legislation to lower the amount of particulate matter (PM10) in the air to meet national environment standards. Currently PM10 concentrations in Napier and Hastings on cold clear winter nights exceed the standard.

The requirements for phasing out open fires and replacing burners only applies to residents within the Napier and Hastings air sheds, areas where PM10 regularly exceeds 50mcg/cu m

It is estimated that there were originally 1000 open fires in Napier and 2000 in Hastings, however some of these have already been replaced through the Government Warm up New Zealand scheme and the HBRC grants and loans for clean heat programme.

HBRC Heatsmart programme co-ordinator Mark Heaney said: “Phasing out of open fires has always been considered an essential part of being able to achieve the air quality standards in Napier and Hastings, as open fires are an inefficient form of heating and generate significant levels of smoke that contribute to smoggy

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