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Air pollution control agency increases gas log rebate

December 27, 2011 |  1:23 pm

Rebates are being offered for fireplaces that are converted to burn natural gas.The Air Quality Management District is increasing its rebate for gas log sets from $125 to as much as $200. The rebates are for homeowners who convert their existing wood-burning fireplaces to log sets fueled with natural gas, which radically reduce fine particulate emissions.

The air pollution control agency for Orange County and the non-desert portions of L.A., San Bernardino and Riverside counties says that fireplaces and other wood-burning devices are used in 1.2 million homes in the South Coast Air Basin. Collectively, they emit more than five tons of PM2.5 emissions per day, which is four times the amount of PM2.5 emitted from all Southland power plants, the agency said.

The AQMD cited studies released by the California Air Resources Board earlier this month that showed that exposure to PM2.5 elevates the risk of premature death from heart disease in older adults and elevates the likelihood of strokes in post-menopausal women.

The rebates are available at 60 participating retailers through the Healthy Hearths initiative launched by the AQMD in 2008. A total of $500,000 in rebates is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must purchase the gas logs from a participating retailer who applies the discount to the purchase and installation of the logs.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: R.H. Peterson gas log. Credit: R.H. Peterson

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