Skip to comments.Clean-air agency makes burn-ban violators feel heat (Seattle)
Posted on 04/13/2009 1:26:44 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
Donald Harmon's attempt to save a few bucks on his heating bill could cost him $850 more than half his monthly Social Security because he picked the wrong fuel. The 82-year-old retiree was hit with a hefty fine in January for burning wood to take away the chill in his kitchen and the living area in his North Seattle home. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency had declared a burn ban that day. While Harmon was feeding broken-up pallets into his woodstove, an agency inspector was outside taking notes and photos as the smoke rose from the chimney. "It would take me a year or more to pay something like that," Harmon said. He said he was unaware the ban was in place that day, and wondered: "Why didn't they knock on the door and tell me to put it out?"
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At his age he should have wasted the guy taking notes . So what !
No longer the Land of the Free, but the Land of the Subservient Freeloader.
Because it is not about clean air or the environment, nor was it ever.
Der Kommissar (English) LYRICS
She was singin
Don’t turn around, oh oh
Der Kommissar’s in town, oh oh
You’re in his eye
And you’ll know why
The more you live
The faster you will die
In fairness, if you have an EPA certified woodstove, you can still use it during a Stage 1 burn ban. The $850 fine is about 1/3rd of the cost of a new stove, and there are programs in the State that will pay up to $1500 of the cost of a new stove.
We took advantage of the local woodstove replacement program this year, and the new stove we got is 78% efficient, doesn’t need a blower to distribute the heat, puts out 1.1 grams per hour of particulates, and has already cut our use of wood by 2/3rds.
These burn bans may seem onerous, but so is the smoke from non-certified woodstoves, and there are programs in place to help avoid situations like this one.
Who needs an EPA certified woodstove when the friction from the founding fathers whirling in their graves can keep you toasty warm all through those long winter nights?
ECONAZI is a term I have been using lately and some people just don’t get it.
Wow, that picture looks almost identical to one my mother took of their (my mom and dads) first home. They lived there for 3 years.
“Why didn’t they knock on the door and tell me to put it out?”
They didn’t want to find out if he was a gun owner?
,but if it saves one child...
At second look, my folks house didn’t have siding, just tar-paper ‘siding’.
...must have been pre-ACORN and Fannie Mae.
but so is the smoke from non-certified woodstoves..
Of everything stated on this thread, it is your post that is “onerous.”
- Not wood smoke for God’s sake.
Thank you very little for that (not so) polite response.
If you would read the article, you would see that the issue at hand is woddstove smoke, and the amount of smoke non-certified stoves produce.
If you bothered to read the article, you would see that there are 800,000 woodstoves in the Pugetopolis area. Most people ignored the voluntary efforts to try and reduce the smoke that hangs in the air during temperature inversions, so fines were authorized.
If you would read the article, you would know that those who heat exclusively with wood or have no other viable source of heat are exempt from the burn ban.
If you read the article, this guy had a violation a year ago on his home-made system, so that might have had something to do with why someone was checking to see if he was still breaking the law, and son of a gun! He was!
As I said, there are programs in place to avoid this situation, and IF YOU WOULD READ THE FRACKIN’ ARTICLE, you would likely already know that too....
Catching my drift??