SCH Number 2020060120
- Proposed Amended Rule 445 – Wood-Burning Devices
- To satisfy United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) contingency measure requirements in accordance with the emission reduction strategy in the South Coast AQMD’s 2016 Air Quality Management Plan Control Measure BCM-09 – Further Emission Reductions From Wood-Burning Fireplaces and Wood Stoves, amendments to Rule 445 are proposed that would: 1) automatically and incrementally lower the threshold limit for declaring a wood-burning curtailment (No-Burn day) for the entire South Coast Air Basin (Basin) for each subsequent final determination by the U.S. EPA of a failure to meet an applicable Clean Air Act milestone; and 2) reduce ambient emissions of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) by expanding the criteria for Basin-wide No-Burn days. Other minor proposed amendments include additional definitions of terms used in the rule, and revisions to improve rule implementation and clarify existing requirements.
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