Town Square

Post a New Topic

Despite warm weather, the winter 'Spare the Air' season is now in effect

Original post made on Nov 6, 2012

Despite the warm weather expected for much of the week, the four-month Winter Spare the Air season has started, making it illegal to burn wood on days when an alert is called. Bay Area Air Quality Management District representatives said winter Spare the Air alerts are issued when dry, stagnant weather conditions trap pollution close to the ground and air district officials deem it unhealthy. During the last winter season ending in February, the air district issued a record 15 alerts. Starting this season, first-time violators will be encouraged to take a wood smoke awareness course to learn about the health impacts of the pollution. Those who choose not to take the course will face a $100 ticket.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:45 AM

Comments (3)

Like this comment
Posted by I'm Burning Over Burning
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thank goodness the Spare the Air season is back with us. The meatball that lives behind us has his wood burning stove going every damn night, and day and night on weekends. It just makes it very difficult for those that have respiratory issues. With the EPA banning any number of things they have no business banning, one wonders why they don't ban wood burning in cities. Burning wood makes no sense economically, and it is a a major air pollutant.

Like this comment
Posted by Meatball
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Why didn't you let me know my wood smoke was bothering you? Now, I can build the fire a little larger - and more often - mission accomplished.

Like this comment
Posted by burn this....
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

I wonder if the ban applies to 'medicinal' pot smoking, as well. you know, we've got to all bend over backwards for those sensitive, weak people who have to have their special needs catered to be everyone around them. All the while, they are driving around in vehicles that contribute more to air pollution than any modern wood stove. That doesn't make them hypocrites, right? After all, it's not like they could limit their driving, like homeowners have been asked to do with their home heating methods.....

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Plenty of water that will cost more this year
By Tim Hunt | 2 comments | 726 views

Nominations due Monday for TV30’s Tri-Valley ‘Coach of the Year’ award
By Jeb Bing | 1 comment | 287 views


Readers' Choice Ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Pleasanton Readers' Choice" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 21st. Stay tuned for the results in the June 23rd issue of the Pleasanton Weekly.