This grant is provided to the seven local clean air agencies for projects that support wood stove education and enforcement efforts.
Wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution in Washington. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood-burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat, such as natural gas or electricity. RCW 70.94.483 established a wood stove education program to increase awareness of health effects of wood smoke and ways to reduce it.
Grants are funded by appropriations from the Woodstove Education and Enforcement Account, which is funded by a $30 fee on the retail sale of each wood-burning device sold in Washington. Grant funding is limited to collections reported to the Department of Revenue, per RCW 70.94.017(1).