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New year, old rule: Spare the Air

Original post made on Jan 1, 2014

The new year is starting in the Bay Area the same way the old year ended -- with a Winter Spare the Air alert banning wood burning throughout the region.

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Posted by breathing, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

We went hiking up to Skyline yesterday. Looking back down, we could not believe how dirty brown the air was over Silicon Valley. Please don't light any fires until the rain starts again. We all have to breath that air. Thank you.


Posted by Anon, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm


If you care about clean air, ignore spare the air, but help clean the air every day.

Spare the Air is a bureaucratic attempt to manage the peaks, but not actually increase the average cleanliness of the air we breathe.

Why? There is a federal rule that requires us to strengthen air quality rules if we have too many bad air days. Peak reduction programs, like Spare the air, attempt to keep us nominally in compliance, so that we don't have to strengthen our air quality overall.

I can't really get behind that goal.


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