Division of Air Quality Director discusses proposed wood burning ban in Utah

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State officials are considering a proposal that would ban most wood burning in Utah between November 1 and March 15, and the proposal is rooted in air quality concerns.

On Thursday, Director Bryce Bird of the Utah Division of Air Quality came to the FOX 13 News studio to discuss the proposal, see the video above for his comments.

The proposed ban would have exemptions for those who use wood burning as their sole source of heat, as well as for ski resorts, condos and other homes high enough in elevation to be above the inversion layer. Restaurants or other businesses that rely on wood burning to prepare food would also be exempt. Click here for more details on the proposal.


  • Finny Wiggen

    There are so few homes that still burn wood… maybe one per neighborhood, if that. The regulation is remincient of other pointless laws passed, mostly in Salt Lake City in recent years. Such as the ordnance stating that you can’t idle…

    This regulation will do absolutely nothing whatsoever to improve air quality. But like those who sit on the Salt Lake Council, this commission will be able to pat themselves on the back, and pretend that they did something good.

  • CleanAirBob

    FW…I disagree!! Division of Air Quality has found that approximately 5% of our inversion pollution is coming from the burning of wood which is substantially avoidable and minimally impacts our gross domestic product and keeps people working. Approxinately 12% of our inversion pollution comes from stationary sources which includes our refineries and other major employers that would significantly impact our economy if shut down. Let’s show some restraint and eliminate sources of air pollution that minimally impact our lives during the inversion period. 5% of our pollution during our inversion months IS A BIG DEAL!!

  • MD

    After watching your(FOX13) TV report on this story I am left asking where is the news reporting? Where are the tough questions for the Department of Air Quality(DAQ)? How about some tough question for this agency? The happy smiling spokesperson for the DAQ deserves tough scrutiny for this serious matter. Here are a few questions I would expect to here from a competent news agency:

    How have you(DAQ) determined that wood burning stoves create four percent of the pollution.
    How can you prove that a ban would reduce increase air quality four percent?
    If your data proved wrong and there is no increase in air quality then would you reverse the proposed ban?
    Isn’t the inversion caused by geography and weather patterns?
    How much of the pollution during an inversion comes from local sources and how much from areas outside our geographical area. How do you breakdown each category?
    Do you(DAQ) realize hundreds if not thousand of families have invested thousands in clean-burning fireplaces and stoves and if this ban was enacted theses families will have wasted large sums of money?
    Will you(DAQ) pay for new heating systems in homes that use clean burning wood stoves. Do you realize many families used wood as a significant part of their home heating system? Do you realize that if a ban was instituted these families would be adversely affected financially?
    Why are you not satisfied to live with the current restrictions you passed JUST last year.

    These are just a few of the questions I hope to hear you ask the next time you talk with the DAQ.

  • deadmanmoe

    I am for the ban on inversion days, but this is not about a ban on woodburning stoves, this is about making more people buy natural gas (which does burn cleaner). The price for natural gas has dropped (not for us) so low that they are not drilling new wells to produce more. Herbert does not want the drill rigs to leave Utah. So lets make everyone buy gas.

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