Bay Area Pollution Too High for Federal Standards

Snuff out that fireplace, say federal officials

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008  |  Updated 12:28 PM PDT
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Bay Area Pollution Too High for Federal Standards

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The number of families struggling to pay their fuel bills has grown this year and more help with fuel assistance is on the way.

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You had better be prepared to snuff out using your fireplace.

The Bay Area isn't making the grade when it comes to air quality -- and it could mean turning on the thermostat - instead of using your fireplace or a wood stove.

The Environmental Protection Agency has said the Bay Area's air does not meet federal standards when it comes to flecks of soot and vapor that can cause helaht problems.

If the Bay Area does not improve its air quality in three years, federal officials have said local governments could lose federal transportation funding.

During the Winter the largest single source of fine particulate pollution is wood burning.

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