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December 11, 2016 at 1:55 am

There are no health advisories at this time.

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11/22/2016
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Public Auction of Surplus Equipment
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11/22/2016
Employment Opportunity: Air Monitoring Technician I or II
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11/02/2016
Governing Board Meeting: November 10, 2016
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Burn Wise

Safety and Health Effects of Wood Smoke

As temperatures get colder, many homeowners are starting the first fires of the home heating season. EPA has established the Burn Wise campaign to reduce wood smoke pollution by encouraging homeowners to help protect their homes, health, and the air we breathe.

During the winter, residential wood smoke is a main contributor to fine particle pollution and is responsible for poor air quality days in many areas. Particle pollution can affect everyone, but children, teenagers, older adults, people with lung disease- including asthma and COPD - or people with heart disease are most vulnerable.

Exposure to particle pollution can lead to a variety of health effects. For example, numerous studies link particle levels to increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits- and even to early death. Research indicates that obesity or diabetes may increase risk. New or expectant mothers may also want to take precautions to protect the health of their babies.

EPA’s Burn Wise program encourages communities to implement safe burning practices by emphasizing the importance of burning the right wood the right way in the right wood-burning appliance.

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Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

GBUAPCD is a California regional government agency that works to protect the people and the environment of Alpine, Mono and Inyo Counties from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties joined together in 1974 in a joint powers agreement to form the Great Basin Unified APCD, which covers the Great Basin valleys - Air Basin in California.

GBUAPCD's purpose is to enforce Federal, State and local air quality regulations and to ensure that the federal and state air quality standards are met in our district. These standards are set to protect the health of sensitive individuals by restricting how much pollution is allowed in the air.

To meet these standards we enforce those federal laws delegated to us, state laws on stationary sources of pollution, and pass and enforce our own regulations as they become necessary.

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