Utah Proposes Prohibiting Wood Burning

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Someone should track down the funding behind this idiotic idea:

By Jillian MacMath | AccuWeather.com

In an effort to improve air quality across Utah during the winter season, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a seasonal wood burn ban, much to the chagrin of many locals.

The ban would eliminate solid fuel burning in fireplaces and wood/coal stoves from Nov. 1 to March 15, except for homeowners whose homes are heated solely by wood.

The proposal comes after Gov. Gary Herbert requested the the Air Quality Board explore options for improving wintertime air quality along Utah’s Wasatch Front and Cache Valley.

The region suffers from winter temperature inversions, which occur when a dense layer of cold air becomes trapped under a layer of warm air.

The warm layer of air acts like a lid, trapping pollutants underneath. The Wasatch Front valleys and their surrounding mountains act like a bowl, keeping this cold air in the valleys.

The snow-covered valley floors reflect rather than absorb the heat from the sun, preventing the normal vertical mixing of warm and cold air.

“Additionally, high pressure sitting over the region during the wintertime results in light winds, that just aren’t sufficient for mixing the air,” AccuWeather.com Expert Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

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