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Clean Air Agency Hopes To Reduce Number of Wood Burning Stoves in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA.- It's been chilly over the past few weeks and many of us have been cranking up the heat to stay warm or stoking the fire.

    

In the early 90's between 30,000 and 40,000 people used wood stoves for their main source of heat, however in recent years that number has been cut in half and the Yakima Clean Air Agency says only around 20,000 people still use them in the city.  


They're still hoping to reduce those numbers, over the past several years the Clean Air Agency has begun a Federal grant program to help replace uncertified wood stoves here in Yakima.     

    

The Clean Air Agency says these wood stoves, along with car exhaust and other pollutants contribute to Yakima's poor air quality in the winter months.

"Smoke from wood stoves combined with automobiles, and stuff like that, causes our PM 2.5 pollution to rise, and that's not good for the young with respiratory problems, or the elderly," Mark Edler with the Clean Air Agency told us.

    

The agency says if there is a burn ban issued you can be fined if the stove you're using isn't your only form of heat; those fines can start at $500.

   

This year the Clean Air Agency is receiving a Federal grant for $300,000 that will allow them to replace wood stoves with certified ones.

    

To see if you're qualified to have your wood stove replaced you can call the Clean Air Agency at 509-834-2050.

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