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The AQMD's mission is to achieve clean air and protect public health and the environment.
Check Before You Burn from November 1 through February 28. The District’s wood burning law restricts or prohibits burning on days when fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is forecast to be high. If you live in Sacramento County or the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento then you must Check Before You Burn in your fireplace, wood stove, firepit or chiminea.
Wood smoke is a serious health threat to residents in our communities. It contains invisible particles that are small enough to enter the bloodstream and increases the risk of asthma, heart attack, stroke and many other health problems. Click here to get the daily burn status or you can call 1-877-NO-BURN-5, sign up for daily burn status Air Alert emails at www.SpareTheAir.com or follow on Twitter @AQMD.
EPA Finalizes Updates to Air Standard for Future Wood Heaters This EPA action will help reduce emissions from wood heaters in Sacramento County. Since almost 50 percent of PM2.5 pollution in the county comes from wood burning, all efforts to reduce those emissions are necessary. For more information on the new EPA standard, visit http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters.
AB2588 Annual Diesel Engine Survey for 2014 Due to the upcoming changes to the OEHHA Health Risk Assessment Guidelines and Air Toxics “Hot Spots” program implementation procedures, the AB2588 Annual Diesel Engine Survey for 2014 is not being enforced at this time. However, those facilities wishing to submit their 2014 data may still do so by completing the online survey form.
Fireplace Information Check out the District’s Fireplace Information page. You will find links to regulations and further details about the installation and use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
The California Air Pollution Control Officers’ Association (CAPCOA) has compiled a statewide report, which highlights California’s progress toward clean air as well as challenges that remain in meeting health-based air quality standards. To view CAPCOA’s 2014 Progress Toward Clean Air Report, click here: www.capcoa.org
AQMD's AIRlines The 2014 Summer issue of the AQMD's AIRlines newsletter is now available online. Find out what's happening with your local air district by clicking here.
More Compliance Highlights
AQMD Rule 448 Advisory #14-03 Change in Vapor Recovery Testing Notification and Results Submittal September 2014 (PDF)
AQMD Rule 448 AST Updates Feb 28, 2014 (PDF)
Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) news.