California wood burning fireplace law. Composite wood products atcm dioxin program district rules database select a local air district and find their wood burning rule. An open hearth fireplace will no longer qualify for an exemption. The san joaquin valley air pollution control district passed rule 4901 in 2003 stating that only gas burning fireplaces can be built into new homes.
Sources of wood burning and air pollution air pollution affects millions of californians every day. The aqmd which is funded with 125 million of your money each year just made it illegal to install wood burning fireplaces in new homes and adopted regulations to stop you from using your existing fireplace on days they deem too polluted. It damages our health our crops our property and our environment.
Learn to limit the amount of wood smoke produced. The philosopher kings of the south coast air quality management district aqmd have decided that government must stop you from burning wood in your fireplace. Some areas of california such as the san joaquin valley prohibit new homes from being constructed with a wood burning fireplace.
Although general wood burning stove standards across the united states are consistent california particularly the bay area has some specifics for using wood burning stoves. Regional smog regulators today will consider banning the installation of traditional wood fueled hearths in new homes limiting sales of wood burning devices and by 2013 even placing mandatory limits on burning wood in home fireplaces during heavy smog episodes.