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Homeowners can register wood stoves to be exempt from ban

Joh Pohlman lights a fire in his wood-burning stove at his home in Sandy Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Homeowners who use wood stoves or other solid fuel burning devices as their only source of heat must register with the Utah Department of Environmental Qual
Joh Pohlman lights a fire in his wood-burning stove at his home in Sandy Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Homeowners who use wood stoves or other solid fuel burning devices as their only source of heat must register with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality by June 1 in order to burn wood on mandatory no burn days.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Homeowners along the Wasatch Front, Cache and Tooele counties who use wood stoves or other solid fuel burning devices as their only source of heat must register with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality by June 1 in order to burn wood on mandatory no burn days.

The “sole source” registry has reopened. Homeowners can fill an online registration form at airquality.utah.gov.

An air quality compliance officer will inspect homes to ensure they qualify for the registry. The sole source of heat means the solid fuel burning device is the only available source of heat for the entire residence, excluding space heaters.

The registry applies only to residential living spaces, not shops, businesses or out-buildings where any commerce occurs. It only applies to homeowners living in areas of the state that do not meet federal health standards for wintertime particulate pollution.

The Utah Legislature last year appropriated $500,000 to provide homeowners with financial assistance to switch out old wood stoves or other devices for natural gas, propane or electric. The money is reserved for those on the sole source registry and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The registry serves to provide the department with a list of homeowners exempt from the mandatory action days when people are prohibited from using their solid fuel burning devices due to poor air quality.