New Air Quality District Proposal Has Firewood Merchants Fuming
Firewood merchants are fuming over a new proposal that would add new limits to burning wood during winter. The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District says the new rule will help lower the region’s air pollution.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
By: Steffi Broski and Ben Adler
The district currently allows some burning on bad air days. The revamped rule would prohibit all burning on those days, no matter what stove or material is being used. The new proposal also calls for five to eight additional no-burn days. Larry Greene is the district’s executive director.
Greene: “In the wintertime up to half of our pollution comes from wood stoves. And that is generally an unregulated target.”
But the owner of Sacramento’s NPC Firewood isn’t happy. Jeff Hadden says since the original rule was imposed last year, he lost 75 percent of his business. He worries the rule would cost the Capital region jobs.
Hadden: “You are wiping out a whole heck of a lot of local jobs to send a whole heck of a lot other places where it actually doesn’t employ very many people.”
The district’s decision will be made in September.