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Yet Another Winter Spare The Air Alert Issued For Wednesday

Bay Area air quality officials issue their fourth straight alert due to the cold weather

Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday
Spare the Air alert called for Wednesday
Keep that fireplace cold, at least for now.

Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Wednesday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, saying the prolonged cold weather is trapping pollutants close the ground and causing unhealthy air.

It will be the fourth day in a row that an alert has been in effect.

The Wednesday alert prohibits Bay Area residents from burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel both indoors and outdoors for 24 hours.

First-time violators of the ban are given the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class or paying a $100 fine. Second violations result in a $500 fine and the penalties rise with each violation after that.

It's the eighth Spare the Air alert ordered this winter.

Chris Nicholson December 11, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Out of eight Spare the Air days this year (which allegedly predict exceeding federal standards for PM2.5), only two (25%) turned out to have exceeded this level. But wait. There's more. The BAAQMD is actually NOT EVEN SUBJECT TO 24-hour PM2.5 reporting standards. So THERE IS NO FEDERAL REQUIREMENT that can possibly be exceeded on a 24-hour basis. So the Spare the Air program dramatically over-predicts non-compliance with a standard to which we are not even subject. 100% bovine feces. https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/01/09/2013-00170/determination-of-attainment-for-the-san-francisco-bay-area-nonattainment-area-for-the-2006-fine

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