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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.....

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