Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Maricopa And Pinal County Announce Wood Burning Ban

Residents in Maricopa and parts of Pinal County get upset when air quality officials announce a “No Burn Day.” It means no crackling logs in the fireplace on Christmas and New Years Eve. But a doctors' group in neighboring Utah is pushing for a complete ban on wood burning in urban areas, saying wood smoke is more toxic than cigarette smoke. The proposed Utah ban would apply both indoors and outdoors, and cover home heating and barbecue pits. Doctor Brian Moench of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment says studies suggest that wood smoke may contribute up to 40 percent of the particulate pollution in major Western cities like Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Seattle.
The fine for burning wood on a "No Burn Day" is $50 for the first violation and $100 thereafter. Gas fireplace logs are exempt.

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