Val­ley Air Of­fi­cials High­light Burn Cleaner Grant Pro­gram

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This win­ter has been ac­com­pa­nied by frigid tem­per­a­tures, leav­ing Val­ley res­i­dents want­ing to use their wood-burn­ing de­vices. For those house­holds that have not yet reg­is­tered their de­vices, there still is time. For the homes that have an older wood­burn­ing de­vice, there is still fund­ing avail­able to con­vert your de­vice to a more ef­fi­cient and less pol­lut­ing unit. By con­vert­ing your open hearth fire­place, older wood stove or older wood in­sert to an EPA cer­ti­fied wood-burn­ing de­vice, you will be able to light a fire on cold win­ter nights more of­ten while re­duc­ing the Val­ley’s air pol­lu­tion.

Val­ley res­i­dents want­ing to switch out older wood­burn­ing de­vices for a cleaner model can take ad­van­tage of the District’s Burn Cleaner grants which pro­vide $1,000 for cer­ti­fied wood or pel­let in­serts/free­stand­ing stoves or nat­u­ral gas in­serts or $2,500 for el­i­gi­ble low­in­come ap­pli­cants for all de­vices. An ad­di­tional $500 is avail­able to all ap­pli­cants for the in­stal­la­tion costs on a nat­u­ral gas de­vice. Visit www.val­leyair.org/burn­cleaner for pro­gram guide­lines. A to­tal of up to $3,000 may be avail­able in some in­stances to change out your older, dirty-burn­ing de­vice for some­thing cleaner.

Smoke from res­i­den­tial wood burn­ing con­sti­tutes the largest source of dan­ger­ous par­tic­u­late emis­sions dur­ing win­ter months.

“The ‘Check Be­fore You Burn’ pro­gram pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Val­ley res­i­dents to do their part to help re­duce air pol­lu­tion and im­prove pub­lic health through­out the San Joaquin Val­ley,” said District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Seyed Sadredin.

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