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YRCAA working to replace harmful wood burning devices in Yakima County homes

YRCAA working to replace harmful wood burning devices in Yakima County homes

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - People who use wood stoves or wood heating devices made before 1994 may qualify for a replacement.

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) has been awarded $550,000 for efforts to reduce smoke within its jurisdictional area. The agency announced Tuesday the Woodstove Change Out Program has begun as of June 1 and will run until June 30 of next year, or until funds run out.

The funds were distributed to the YRCAA as part of a $2 million grant the Washington State Legislature provided to the Department of Ecology this year to oversee smoke reduction.

Mark Edler of YRCAA said small particles, resulted mainly from inefficient wood burning, pose the greatest threat to the air quality in Yakima County. Wood-fueled devices used to heat homes greatly contributes to this pollution, specifically wood stoves and inserts made before 1994.

Under the Woodstove Change Out Program, income qualifying households could receive a new, certified heating device. Other programs will give assistance to allow home owners and landlords to convert to updated devices.

More information on the programs can be obtained by contacting the YRCAA at (509) 834-2050.

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