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YRCAA wood stove replacement program again available

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) remains committed to reducing the greatest threat to Yakima County air quality – small particles (PM2.5), most of which result from inefficient wood burning activity. A major portion of this air pollution is a direct result of wood-fueled home heating devices during the cold winter months.

Of these wood heaters, the worst offenders are the wood stoves and inserts still in use that were made before 1994 – before manufacturers were required to increase wood stove efficiency to acceptable levels. Uncertified wood stoves (pre-1994) typically produced 60 to 90 grams of particulate pollution per hour; The Washington State Clean Air Act now requires such emissions to be 4.5 grams per hour or less.

This year the Washington State Legislature provided $2 million to the Department of Ecology to oversee wood smoke-reduction work. Of that, $550,000 has been awarded in the form of a one year grant to the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency to use for wood smoke-reduction efforts within its jurisdictional area.

The Woodstove Change Out Program for officially began on June 1, 2018 and will run until June 30, 2019, or until funds run out, whichever occurs first. The programs involved include:

  1. A complete change out for income-qualified households, covering the entire replacement cost to either another certified wood fueled device or to pellet, gas or electric devices.

  2. A wood stove rebate, which offers a $500 rebate to home-owners who are converting to wood or pellet-fueled stoves, $1,000 for conversion to a gas device, or $1,250 for conversion to electrical heating device.

  3. A rental property wood stove program for landlords, which funds ½ the cost of a replacement device, up to a $3,000 maximum.

  4. A wood stove bounty program, which pays $250 for recycling an old wood stove.

All four programs require an older, uncertified wood stove (pre-1994) for removal in order to qualify. Other requirements vary by the program.

For more information on the various programs or how to get started, call Michelle at the YRCAA office: (509) 834-2050. Information is also available on the YRCAA website at: www.yakimacleanair.org .

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