Tough Fireplace Rules Expected

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The rules would kick-in on specific days when air quality is at its worst. Larry Greene heads the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. On KXJZ’s Insight Wednesday he said the rules are designed to meet federal emission standards. 

"In the wintertime we exceed that standard 20 to 30 times, sometimes as much as three times. When we look at the inventory that’s out there almost half of that pollution comes from fireplaces and wood smoke." 

But opponents say the proposed rules go too far. They also say the air quality district should instead encourage residents to switch to cleaner burning wood stoves certified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.