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Washington County Wood Stove Changeout

According to Washington County officials, since August 2016 when the program launched the program has:

Received approximately 250 applications for wood stove changeouts

Released 108 projects (release means the contractor/vendor is approved to begin work)

Completed 35 wood stove replacements

Washington County’s Office of Community Development, in partnership with Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, launched the Wood Stove Exchange Program in 2016 and it’s really taken off.

Through this program, qualifying residents can receive a rebate of $1,500-$3,500 when they replace their old wood stove with a cleaner heating device, such as an electric ductless heat pump, natural gas stove, pellet stove or gas furnace. Some households may qualify for a full-cost (free) replacement, depending on their income.

“We have received nearly 300 applications since we launched the program”, says Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Tim Davis with Washington County’s Office of Community Development. The program is beginning only its second year of the 5 year program, so apply now.

The Wood Stove Exchange Program is made possible through collaboration and funding support from program partners, including the American Lung Association in Oregon, Centro Cultural, City of Cornelius, City of Hillsboro, Community Action, Intel, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Oregon Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

Visit www.WoodStoveExchange.com or call 503-846-4425 for more information.


Woodstoves featured on Local Cable TV in Washington County

Tualatin Valley Cable TV Show, Community Matters, aired a segment on wood stoves and air quality rules. Check it out on YouTube. Features Tim Reed, Fireside Home Solutions. Washington County Commissioners approved a Wood Smoke Ordinance October 6. OHPBA presented supportive testimony offering to help with communications and changeout programs. Click HERE for more information.

Washington County Air Quality, Overview

Geography, Measurement, Health Effects

The geography of Washington County creates the potential for air quality problems in wintertime air inversions. Chehalem Mountain to the south and the Coast Range to the west trap air in the valley causing air quality problems, especially in Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove. Air quality in Washington County is measured by scientific air monitors that measure the amount of particulate matter (PM) that is smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter over a 24 hour period. If a city in the county exceeds the government standard, it may be in "non attainment" status. Non attainment can be costly and expensive to all Washington County businesses. Citizens also pay a price with medical costs and many lower income people who rely on wood heat may need to convert to more expensive methods for heating their homes. 

Communications

The Tualatin Valley Cable TV show, Community Matters airs this segment featuring Matt Davis, Environmental Health Program Manager for Washington County and Tim Reed, Fireside Home Solutions. Click HERE to view the video on YouTube. 

Policy Update

On October 6th the Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 807 – Air Quality and Wood Smoke. The policy prohibits backyard burning of yard debris in some parts of unincorporated Washington County and allows the Department of Health and Human Services to issue “red day alerts”, restricting the use of fireplaces wood stoves and wood stove inserts when PM2.5 levels exceed federal standards.

On Tuesday October 20th the Hillsboro City Council adopted a similar ordinance. Their policy prohibits backyard burning of yard debris throughout the City and allows the City’s Code Enforcement Program to enforce the County’s “red day alerts” within city limits.

Both the Oregonian and Tribune covered the hearings:

·         Oregonian: Washington County Moves to Restrict Wood-Smoke

·         Hillsboro Argus: Wood Burning Regulations in Hillsboro, What You Need to Know

·         Tribune:  Washington County Gets New Rules to Limit Woodsmoke


Resources and Community Information

Washington County Air Quality Web Page: Click HERE .

Research: Particulate Pollution in WA County, ODEQ  report


Contacts

City of Hillsboro: Peter Brandom: 503-681-6191

Washington County: Matt Davis, MPH, Sr. Program Manager, Environmental Health Program: 503-846-3648


 

OHPBA, PO Box 135, Salem, OR 97308-0135, 503-585-8254, www.ohpba.org

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