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What's Working To Clean Up The Air We Breathe In The Yakima Valley

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YAKIMA, Wash.-  The Upper Valley has been named one the most polluted areas in the Yakima Valley, and a lot of it has to do wood stoves and fireplaces. Now there's a new program in town that's working to fix that very problem. It's called the Woodstove Changeout Program, and it's led by the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority.

The program targets low income families in the Yakima Valley with uncertified wood stoves. It supplies them with a free, brand new stove that burns a lot cleaner. The state Department of Ecology awarded a $175,000 to fund the program.

Already 30 homes in Yakima have taken advantage of it and there's still money available for about 70 more.

To qualify you must have an uncertified wood stove in your home, and a combined household income of $28,000 or less.

For more information call the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority at (509) 834-5020, ext. 110.   

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