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Potential woodstove restrictions to be discussed March 12

A public air quality meeting set for Wednesday, March 12, at the Lake County Senior Center, will address a potential request for residents to restrict use of wood stoves on certain days, according to a DEQ news release.

The proposal calls for limited residential wood stove use on days of predicted air quality (those deemed “red” and “yellow” through the local air quality advisory program).

The local PM Advance Committee, a group of volunteers tasked with identifying solutions to help Lakeview meet attainment with federal air quality standards, has also discussing limiting open burning during winter months.

The meeting, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will also discuss other potential measures designed to improve local air quality.

The emphasis of this meeting will focus on the development of local solutions for the air quality issue, and avoiding federal sanctions should a formal ‘non-attainment’ designation be issued by the EPA.

The PM Advance Committee is working on a five-year plan to avoid this potential designation and meet air quality standards.

The committee held an initial public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, which initiated the conversation on the extent of the air quality issue with the community.

For more information, contact the Town of Lakeview at 541-947-2029.

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