Take Action by sending your comments in support of the wintertime wood burning ban to the Division of Air Quality. Then attend a public hearing in your area to demonstrate your support in person! Review suggested talking points below or read more about why HEAL supports the ban by clicking here.
- State officials have estimated that eliminating wood burning during inversion season would cut emissions on our average peak bad days significantly, from 37.2 to 35.5 micrograms per cubic meter, which is nearly 5 percent.
- While wood smoke is worst for the elderly and those with breathing disorders like asthma, research shows that even in young, healthy people, exposure to the particle pollution produced by wood burning causes inflammation of the lungs and decreases lung volume.
- Even “EPA certified” wood stoves produce a significant amount of pollution, much more so than natural gas. Those “certified” stoves makes as much direct PM2.5 as do 60,000 homes using natural gas, compared to 90,000 for the non-certified ones.
- Wood smoke is bad for neighbors. The fine particle pollutants from wood burning are so small that they infiltrate even the most well-insulated and weather-stripped homes. Scientific studies have shown that particle pollution levels inside homes reach up to 70% of the pollution levels outdoors.
- In addition to fine particle pollution and volatile organic compounds (VOC), wood burning also releases hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), such as benzo(a)pyrene, which may cause cancer.
Speak out at a wood burning hearing near you:
Tooele County Health Department, 151 N Main St., #181, Tooele
|Salt Lake City
DEQ Board Room, 195 N 1950 W #1015, SLC
Bear River Health Department, 991 S 800 w, Conference Room B, Brigham City.
Morgan Weber Health Dept., 477 23rd St, Auditorium, Ogden
Historic Court House,199 N Main St, Cache County Council Chambers, Logan
Davis County Administration Building, 61 S Main St, Farmington
Utah County Health Department, 151 S University Avenue, #1600, Provo