SPARE THE AIR IS THE LAW
Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Aug 4, 2014
I purchased my wood burning insert July 2007, the wood burning regulation (Regulation 6, Rule 3)was adopted in July 2008 by the BAAQMD. This new Regulation allows the BAAQMD to prohibit all wood burning devices in the nine County Bay Area on all spare the air days as declared by the BAAQMD.
My wood burning insert is manufactured by Home Hearth Technologies. My wood burning insert Model is 3100i ACT. The emission rate for my insert is 1.26 grams an hour. The EPA allows 7.5 grams an hour release.
My investment was approximately $4k, $3K for the insert, $1K to prep my masonry fireplace.
When Regulation 6, Rule 3 became law. I posted a couple of blogs regarding my investment for the highly efficient wood burning insert I had installed in my home.
The Observer, (I believe it was him) brought my blogs to the attention of Nate Mileys staff. Mileys staff contacted me, to provide information for Nate Miley to take before the BAAQMD.
I did this for Miley, worked several hours on it. Compiled analytical test results, provided to me by the EPA testing laboratories and submitted the report to Mileys staff as directed. Miley did not even look at it. his staff sent it over to Paul Hibser, Supervising Air Quality Specialist with BAAQMD.
In my report, I outlined my plan to clean up my particulate release from 1.26 grams an hour to zero grams an hour release of particulate. The additional investment to me to reduce my particulate release to zero would be $3K.
Paul Hibser pretty much brushed me off. He acknowledged receipt of my material describing it an inquiry. Stating, "the air district appreciates that you have upgraded your wood burning device to a cleaner burning (EPA) certified device and does support cleaner burning solid fuel technology.
while EPA-certified devices are designed to pollute less than open hearth fireplaces. They still emit fine particulate matter."
He ignored my plan and information for reducing my particulate release to zero. Which, by way of my taking this action was to convince the BAAQMD to allow me to burn and heat my home during the winter months without a release of particulate matter.