They're asking lawmakers to consider a year around prohibition of wood burning in fireplaces and stoves. The groups made their presentation before the Utah Air Quality board Wednesday. They say research shows that wood burning in stoves, fireplaces and grills account for over a third of our particle pollution. That's as much as all of our cars combined.
Dr. Brian Moench, President of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment told ABC 4 Utah, “Wood burning, wood smoke from fire places, stoves, and grills is a much bigger contributor to the problem than what we previously knew or understood. It's actually as much or maybe even a little greater contributor than all the cars on the road. So that's enormous.”
Currently, the Division of Air Quality enforces wood burning restrictions during those red air days, but the doctors say the pollutants created by wood burning aren’t just harmful to our health during the inversion season.