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 http://capp.gbuapcd.org.  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:  http://capp.gbuapcd.org

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

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)………

Liz
Liz
9 years ago

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.

Thanx
Thanx
9 years ago

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

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

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

Teaparty Tom
Teaparty Tom
9 years ago
Reply to  Mark

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… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

..Teaparty Tom…..so 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
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

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… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Mark

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… Read more »

Callousness abounds today
Callousness abounds today
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett, 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… Read more »

Mark
Mark
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

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… Read more »

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

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

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

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
The shoe on the other foot
9 years ago
Reply to  Mark

“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… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Tim
Tim
9 years ago

Just sayin’ Today burning wood is publicized as bad… Tomorrow it is illegal. It’s not extreme; it’s just the way it is. http://www.valleyair.org/BurnPrograms/wood_burning.htm http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1393742138/No-burn-season-ignites-today “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… Read more »

Tim
Tim
9 years ago

I’m going back into my cave. See ya!

Tim
Tim
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim

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.
Benett

dean
dean
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim

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… Read more »

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  dean

Thank you Dean, My prejudice blinded me.

Teaparty Tom
Teaparty Tom
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim

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… Read more »

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

Teaparty, 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… Read more »

Observer
Observer
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim

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… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

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

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago
Reply to  Teaparty Tom

….oops — I meant Tim…

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Tim….Are you for real ??

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

..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
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

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.