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.


Grant Funding for Wood Stove Replacement/Removal

Monday, February 01, 2016 - The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is happy to announce that we are, once again, offering grant funding to property owners within the Vancouver Urban Growth Area who wish to replace old freestanding wood stoves and wood-burning fireplace inserts which are no longer approved for new installations by the Washington Department of Ecology. Those who are eligible for the program can receive up to $4,000, in the form of an Instant Credit voucher, to aid in the replacement of their non-approved heating device.

In addition to the "replacement" program, SWCAA is also offering monetary payments to property owners who are willing to remove an old wood stove or fireplace insert, but do not need to replace it with anything (i.e., the home already has another source of heat which can replace the removed stove). Participants in this option of our wood stove program will receive a payment of $250 for removing and delivering their non-approved heating device to the participating metal recycler.

The program is active at this time and will expire on June 30, 2017, or when grant funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first. APPLY TODAY!


The 6 Common Air Pollutants

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six common air pollutants. These commonly found air pollutants (also known as "criteria pollutants") are found all over the United States. They are particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead. These pollutants can harm your health and the environment, and cause property damage.

Of the six pollutants, particle pollution and ground-level ozone are the most widespread health threats. EPA calls these pollutants "criteria" air pollutants because it regulates them by developing human health-based and/or environmentally-based criteria (science-based guidelines) for setting permissible levels. The set of limits based on human health is called primary standards. Another set of limits intended to prevent environmental and property damage is called secondary standards.

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