2011 Dec. 12 to 18: WEEKLY RAWSEP: Pending U.S. States statewide OWB & wood stove legislation, State by State
Affecting all states: SB 1914 (OWBs included: tell your senator no to OWB inclusion)
Legal ruling of $50,000 damages to neighbor of wood burner in Canada may impact U.S. decisions
AL – unknown
AK – PENDING Fairbanks wood stove regulation. See RAWSEP Brochure for AK. On Oct. 5 2010 voters voted yes by 60% (roughly 9,000 voted yes, 6,000 voted no and 78,000 residents of Fairbanks did not vote) on Proposition A which meant Fairbanks voters rejected home heating fines for wood smoke
Proposition A passage does not prevent PENDING Fairbanks wood stove regulation. Two quotes about passage of Propostion A by Fairbanks: “I’m concerned air quality is going to get worse,” Hopkins said. “That relates to health, the air people breathe, and the economy.” About the Fairbanks vote, one resident commented: We have one or two people with bad outdoor wood boilers periodically shutting down wood river elementary. The school nurse has recorded record numbers of complaints regarding breathing problems and eye problems whenever these boilers are fired up. How do we stop these people from hurting our children without having fines? I’d really like to hear the solution from everyone who voted “yes” on A. It is easy to say “Don’t fine me!” but hard to actually solve the problem.State, federal agencies consider intervening in Jan. 2011. Woodriver Elementary receives overhaul of ventilation system in attempt to deal with air pollution of outdoor wood boilers nearby in Feb. 2011. In March 2011 State Authorities cited an OWB owner near Woodriver Elementary. A petition calling for OWB bans with fines in Fairbanks led to a scheduling for a vote on Oct. 4, 2011. Prop. 2 regulating OWBs along with other sources of residential air pollution FAILED, with 40% voting yes and 60% voting NO. Days before the election, TIME magazine and Fairbanks’ daily newspaper the News-miner predicted that the Fairbanks City Council would address the issue if Prop. 2 failed..
AZ – unknown
AR – unknown
CA – unknown, seasonal wood stove regulations in localities
CT -Number of municipalities with OWB bans in CT: 17. See RAWSEP Brochure for CT. KILLED IN COMMITTEE CT Senate Bill S.B. 126 statewide To add wood smoke to the public health nuisance list and to ban outdoor wood-burning. April 2011 CT Legislature Bill 830 has been promised to be modified enough to be acceptable to wood burning pollution opponents.
DE – unknown
FL – unknown
GA – unknown
HI – unknown
NC – unknown