By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A proactive approach to air pollution in Franklin County is being taken by Franklin County Commissioners as they wrestle with ways to bring the area into compliance with federal regulations for PM2.5 particulates.
Commissioners met with representatives of each incorporated city in the county on Wednesday to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit residents from using wood-burning stoves on “red air” days.
Commissioner Dirk Bowles said the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is working on ways to bring Franklin County into compliance with national air-quality standards. As part of that effort, the commission is working on a draft of the wood-burning ordinance, he said.
Melissa Gibbs, Airshed coordinator for DEQ’s Pocatello office, was at the meeting and told the group her agency has to develop a State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address the air-quality issues.
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