As Utahns debate a seemingly doomed proposal to ban seasonal stove use, Utah’s most populous county enacted its own rules banning stove use on both mandatory and voluntary air actions days as of Jan. 1, 2016. In other counties, voluntary air action days continue to be voluntary.
This will impact about half of all wood burning appliances in the non-attainment counties and could contribute significantly to reducing wood smoke. Salt Lake County has nearly 102,000 wood burning appliances, with fireplaces accounting for a majority of that with 60,000 units, according to EPA figures. There are nearly 20,000 uncertified wood stoves and about the same number of pellet stoves and certified wood stoves.
The governor’s seasonal ban proposal that would impact 7 counties in and around Salt Lake City is drawing intense and sustained criticism from Utah residents… READ FULL ARTICLE >>