Pick up driver
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Off road enthusiast
and now for the piece de resistance, owner of a non-EPA approved fireplace.
In the better-ventilated and less-industrial Sacramento area, the soot proposal likely would bring wood-burning stoves and fireplaces under regulation for the first time, said Larry Greene, executive officer of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.
"They'll be regulated at some level," Greene said.
Future measures could range from requiring EPA-certified, low-polluting fireplace inserts and wood stoves to prohibiting fires altogether when the air is cold and stagnant.
San Joaquin Valley communities already have such bans, with first-time violators issued $50 tickets. The bans went into effect earlier this month as temperatures dropped and fog moved in.
Is this where we are heading as a society?
This is a friendly notice from the air quality management district. This week is a 'spare the soot week', houses with an address ending with an even number can have a fire tonight, odd addresses tomorrow. Please make sure you are burning in an EPA approved insert and using approved synthetic logs. Natural wood logs will be phased out starting next year so please try to use up your natural wood logs by burning them on warm days. Please also note that we will be coming by to install the wireless soot monitor in all chimneys next week to ensure everyone is staying within their allotted soot output levels. Chimney license plates will be required soon and we have still have personalized plates available for a small extra fee. These license plates will be required to face the street to ensure the yearly tags are kept current. Thank you very much for your cooperation.