Butte Co. Air Quality Officials: Old wood stoves must go

Jan 15, 2014 6:14 PM

Cleaner air could soon be coming to Chico.

As air quality officials hold a wood burning change-out event today at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.

The Butte County Air Quality Management District is now offering vouchers to help people replace their old wood stoves.

A regional EPA representative on hand said Butte County is currently just passing federal air standards.

He said wood stoves are preventing air quality from being better.

“When we look at the numbers, wood stoves are more than half of all pollution in Butte County that's leading to a failure of standards,” EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfield.

There are only a certain amount of vouchers available each year for this three year program.

To apply, head to Butte County Air Quality Management's website or call 332-9400.


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