Replace that old woodstove

woodstove_smoke.jpgClearing the Air of Unhealthy Haze  (Press Release)

Bishop, CA – Residents of Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties who are currently relying on old woodstoves or open fireplaces to heat their homes may qualify for a new program recently launched by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District. Targeting old wood burning devices that burn inefficiently and emit high levels of unhealthy smoke throughout the region, the Air District’s new ”Woodstove Replacement Program” is aggressively targeting these old heating systems with funding for new, EPA-compliant replacements. According to Ted Schade, the Air District’s Air Pollution Control Officer, “Because smoke from old woodstoves is emitted in our communities, where we live, work and play, it is a source of air pollution that that impacts the health of all District residents, but it especially impacts our children and the elderly. Great Basin’s Woodstove Replacement Program will improve air quality and allow homes to be heated more efficiently.”

As part of the Air District’s larger’ Clean Air Projects Program’ (CAPP), the new Woodstove Replacement Program was approved earlier this month with $1.1 million to provide cleaner heating systems throughout the District, which encompasses Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties. Qualified residents must live within this territory (including tribal lands) and be currently relying on a 1990 or older wood burning system or open fireplace as their main heating source (pellet, gas and kerosene systems do not qualify). Low-to-no cost replacement choices include new, EPA-certified, free standing wood or pellet stoves, wood and pellet inserts, and propane or kerosene heating systems.

Funding is limited to a ‘first come, first served’ basis. All interested, qualified Air District residents are encouraged to immediately contact a local woodstove and heating equipment retailer for more information. To find a list of participating retailers, go to CAPP’s weblink at  Additionally, with invaluable assistance from the Bishop Post Office and Postmaster Alicia Wendt, several thousand postcards have also been mailed to Air District addresses advertising the Woodstove Replacement Program noting the list of participating retailers.

Everyone should be advised that funding will run out quickly for this popular program. However, all names and contact information of qualified residents will be saved for future notification when more funds become available.

For more information about the Clean Air Projects Program, please visit the CAPP weblink at:

28 Responses to Replace that old woodstove

  1. Wayne Deja March 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Hey Liz !!!!!…Next time it gets cold in my place,you’ll hear a knock on your door at 3 A.M….(I hope this is my neighbor)………

  2. Liz March 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Wow! u guys complain about everything. its a free wood fireplace what is there to complain about. I love my fireplace!!!! It keeps my home so toasty warm.

  3. Thanx March 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    I would like to thank them for my fire place. It works great.

  4. Mark March 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    More government handouts from the government that doesn’t have any money.

    • Teaparty Tom March 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Right on, Mark!
      Ain’t ya tired of that liberal Democratic government of ours handin’ out free this and free that sort of entitlements to everybody under the sun? Cripples, homeless people, single welfare moms and their dang kids … veterans … the unemployed … at the rate we’re goin’ what the hell are the rich goin’ to do?
      Glenn Beck for president!
      Take America back from them liberals!

      • Wayne Deja March 26, 2013 at 6:37 am #

        ..Teaparty Tom… true…And what about that “free” medical care too…Why not take the advise of the tea-party-er-er’s…..”If you don’t have medical insurance don’t get sick or ill”..

      • Mark March 26, 2013 at 8:27 am #

        Single walfare moms who are working the system are not in the same catagory as cripples, homeless, veterans or the unemployed who actually want to work.

        Birth control has been around for years.

        But yes taking care of those people you mention is much more important then giving away free fireplaces. So you go and enjoy your free fire place while the cripple, homeless and veterans just hope for a roof over their heads.

        The real problem is when something is free everyone takes it and keep on taking it until it’s gone.

        That makes you part of the problem.

        • Benett Kessler March 26, 2013 at 9:23 am #

          The funds for this project come from the LADWP. The DWP was late on one of its clean-up projects at the Owens Dry Lake. The APCD Board gave them three more years, but Schade negotiated a stipulation order of abatement. We had to live with the dust for three more years, so DWP paid $6.5 million in mitigation to buy time. APCD has been spending the money on local communities – stove replacements, paving of many dirt parking lots throughout Inyo and Mono. The current stove replacement project will spend $1.1 million of LA’s money.
          Benett Kessler

          • Callousness abounds today March 26, 2013 at 9:59 am #

            the point was, that with all the whining today from some agressive political circles regarding “entitlements” and government assistance to some of the items listed, there appears to be a growing callousness towards our brothers and sisters who need assistance the most. This includes that newly divorced Mom with dependent children to feed. Also Vets, the unemployed …

          • Mark March 26, 2013 at 10:36 am #

            1.1 million of a 5 million budget

            CAPP funding was provided to Great Basin by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the funds are designated to pay for clean air projects within the District, emphasizing projects within and surrounding the Owens Lake area. ‘Clean air projects’ are defined as projects that will or could measurably reduce targeted air pollutants, including smoke, dust, and other harmful airborne compounds currently emitted within the District’s boundaries.

          • Tim March 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

            Heck, if Deewap is payin’ for it I’ll get me one!

          • Wayne Deja March 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

            Benett…Telling that story is gonna put the double-whammy on some…. they won’t be able to complain about the DWP…..or complain about the Obama Govt.helping those out that might need some assistance.

        • The shoe on the other foot March 26, 2013 at 11:05 am #

          “That makes you part of the problem.”

          I think you might think a little differently about getting government assistance if you were down and out, Mark.

          I once volunteered at a homeless shelter in a big city. Expecting to find bums, druggies and freeloaders, I found instead some moms, dads and beautiful little kids, who had no relatives nor friends to help them out.

          • Wayne Deja March 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

            Shoe….good post !!!…but there are some that only see it as someone “taking” from “them”…glad there are people like you that don’t see it that way………Mark,let’s hope you don’t lose your job or become ill and might need some help someday…if it were to happen,like it has to MANY of US,you might change your tune a little bit.

  5. Tim March 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Just sayin’
    Today burning wood is publicized as bad…
    Tomorrow it is illegal.
    It’s not extreme; it’s just the way it is.

    “What are the penalties? A fine of $50 is issued to violators who burn wood when it’s prohibited. There is no penalty for burning on a day when wood fires are discouraged.”

  6. Tim March 25, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I’m going back into my cave. See ya!

  7. Tim March 25, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Government Is Cold

    Is smoke from woodstoves really that much of an issue in Owens Valley? It’s now illegal to burn on many cold winter days in the San Joaquin valley. This press release is clearly a political advertorial into no burn legislation. Southern California has well over 20,000,000 residents who drive cars that burn oil and pollute the air and water; yes the water they irresponsibly and surreptitiously took from Owns Valley; this policy is hypocrisy! Now the long arm of Government regulation is moving into one of the least populated parts of the nation to tell us we shouldn’t burn wood. They want us to burn taxable gas, taxable electricity, and taxable pellets. They do not want us to be self sufficient; they want us to be completely dependent. Once completely dependent we have no choice but to trade our labor for their taxable goods, this is slavery. What if the government looses its ability to supply our needs because of natural disaster after all the wood stoves are gone? What happens to the families that have little money who burn wood to survive? What if I get caught burning wood once regulation is in place? Does AQMD come into my house to confiscate my stove and bottles?

    • Benett Kessler March 25, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Chill out, man. There are no regulations against burning wood. This is about changing out old stoves for EPA-approved stoves.
      Relax and keep piling up the wood.

    • dean March 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      If you read the press release you would note that it allows for “low-to-no cost replacement choices include new, EPA-certified, free standing wood or pellet stoves, wood and pellet inserts, and propane or kerosene heating systems.”

      You’ll notice the word “wood” included in the above list.

      The government is offering to buy people who have old wood-burning stoves new, efficient, wood-burning stoves that put out more heat and pollute less.

      You should take a blue pill or four.

      • Tim March 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

        Thank you Dean, My prejudice blinded me.

    • Teaparty Tom March 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      That’s tellin’ ’em Tim!
      Government is the root of all evil. Especially if it’s them dang liberals (aka Democrats) in government callin’ the shots. They wanna take away our AK-47s, fund stem cell research, and even allow gay people ta marry! Next they’ll be tellin’ us we can’t use any fossil fuels and have ta ride horses to the shootin’ range.
      It just ain’t American I tell ya.
      Where’s Michelle when we need her the most?

      • Tim March 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

        I’ll tell you what I like about the Democrats, they got a black president elected and only 150 years after the Civil War!
        Back on topic…
        Gay people getting married is none of governments business, just like it was none of governments business putting people in prison for hetrosexual blow-jobs in the 50″s.

        • Observer March 26, 2013 at 6:46 am #

          I agree Tim.

          It seems reasonable to say that as far as a black president being elected (by a large margin, BTW) the country appears to be divided into two distinct camps:

          `1) Those that say: “Wow! I never thought I’d ever see a black president elected in my lifetime … how cool is that?

          2) Well, there goes the damn neighborhood thanks to the liberals.

      • Ken Warner March 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

        Well done Mark. Very droll. I enjoyed that….

      • Ken Warner March 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

        ….oops — I meant Tim…

    • Wayne Deja March 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Tim….Are you for real ??

      • Wayne Deja March 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

        ..My first comment is geared towards the first post on this board….You must be being sarcastic……..I’m slow…I can’t tell…

        • Tim March 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

          Mark, Government has all the money they can print. You can tell when the game is over, a galon of milk is $100 and an old wood burning stove $10,000.


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