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The AQMD's mission is to achieve clean air and protect public health and the environment.
This season's Check Before You Burn program in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento begins on Sunday, November 1. No burn days will be called when weather conditions trap wood smoke near the ground. To protect public health, it is illegal to burn any solid fuel including wood, pellets or manufactured firelogs when particulate matter pollution is forecast to be high. This applies to indoor or outdoor fireplaces, wood stoves, fire pits and chimineas. You may also get the daily burn status by calling 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765), follow on Twitter @AQMD, or download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app in your app store.
The Sacramento region’s 21st Spare The Air season (PDF) began May 1. This year’s campaign features a special focus on educating the public about the dangerous health effects of air pollution. Poor air quality affects everyone, but sensitive groups including children, pregnant women, and older adults and the elderly are at greater risk. Sign up for Air Alert to get the daily air quality forecast, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/AQMD or on Instagram at Instagram.com/SacramentoAQMD.
2015 – California’s Progress Toward Clean Air This report includes the latest local and statewide air quality data from 2014 and highlights achievements and challenges for air quality regulators.
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.
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.
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.