From 2009 through February 2015, Tacoma and much of Pierce County was one of only 32 areas in the country that didn’t meet federal health standards for air quality. Despite now meeting the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for fine particulate matter pollution (PM 2.5), wood smoke continues to play a large part in this pollution problem in our region. The Tacoma-Pierce Smoke Reduction Zone has been designated since 2009 and ongoing programs continue to be implemented to make our region healthier.
Burn ban enforcement continues in the Smoke Reduction Zone. Wood burning during a ban may result in a fine of up to $1,000. Increased enforcement and night patrols will increase the likelihood of violators receiving substantial fines.
The removal and replacement of old wood stoves will continue to help the region meet air quality standards.