The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local outdoor air quality standards and regulations in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties of southwest Washington state. Our mission is to preserve and enhance air quality in southwest Washington.

(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)
Clark County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Cowlitz County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Lewis County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Skamania County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Wahkiakum County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 


EPA Signs Final Residential Wood Heater Rules

Monday, April 27, 2015 - On February 3, 2015 EPA met its court-ordered deadline for signing the final rule establishing New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. The rule marks the first update to the woodstove NSPS since it was established in 1988.

The standards apply not only to the types of woodstoves regulated under the 1988 NSPS but also to previously unregulated residential wood-burning devices, such as new single burn rate stoves, hydronic heaters, wood-fired forced air furnaces and pellet stoves.

According to EPA, emissions from affected new wood heaters will be reduced by about 70 percent, providing public health benefits on the order of $3.4 to $7.6 billion; for every dollar spent to bring new, cleaner heaters into the marketplace, the return will be between $74 and $165 in health benefits.

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May is National Bike Month

Friday, May 01, 2015 - Spring into action this month by parking your car and riding your bike to work, school or other activities. It is National Bike Month, a great opportunity to reduce pollution and promote clean air in your community.

For every gallon of fuel burned a car emits 20 pounds of pollution, a bicycle on the other emits zero pollution!

Biking not only improves air quality but offers numerous health benefits to the bicyclist!

Ready to get on your bike yet? Here are some resources to get you started.

WA Department of Transportation
Vancouver Bicycle Club
Bicycle Alliance of Washington
City of Vancouver Bicycle Maps
Clark County Smart Commuter

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