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Public Input

There are approximately 80,000 fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves in the nonattainment area.  Of these, an estimated 24,000 are highly polluting, uncertified wood stoves.  Because the use of these home heating devices contributes the most to Pierce County's air quality problem, it was important to the Tacoma-Pierce County Clean Air Task Force and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to get public input on the pollution reduction strategies as they were being developed.

How was public input invited?

Public input was invited through an online survey, during two public open houses, by phone and through U.S. Mail.  A postcard announcing the open houses and inviting input was mailed to all households in the nonattainment area during October 2011.  Ads were also run in print and online newspapers including The News Tribune and La Raza del Noroeste, and approximately 4,000 posters and flyers were distributed across the community.

What did people have to say?

We received feedback from more than 600 people.  Overall, the majority of people indicated full or qualified support for all of the strategies proposed.  The primary public concern about enhanced burn ban enforcement was that implementation is balanced and reasonable.  For both strategies involving the removal of uncertified stoves and inserts, the primary concern was about potential economic impacts to individual households (especially low- and fixed-income families), both from the cost of removal and for ongoing heating.

Providing additional input

Feedback and questions are always welcome.  Comments and ideas should be directed to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency by phone at (800)552-3565, via email at, or by mail at:

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
1904 Third Avenue - Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98101