Davis Looks At Wood Burning Restrictions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday night, city council members will hear from Tom Cahill an air-quality expert from UC Davis. He did a study on the presence of wood smoke in Davis last winter…and says the problem is what he calls “nearest neighbor impacts”.    

“…where somebody’s burning wood a lot right next to a house which doesn’t burn wood and you get a stagnant air condition. And those periods of stagnation, the local smoke tends to pool and impact the neighbor. And those are almost all conditions in which the wind velocities are very, very low.” 

City staff is recommending that council members first go with a voluntary “no-burn” program. They say that’ll give them more time to collect air-quality data and conduct research on whether the city should adopt mandatory restrictions.