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New winter air quality plan restricts burning in San Joaquin Valley

Projects scheduled for completion in the San Joaquin Valley may be in jeopardy if the area's air quality falls short of new federal quality standards. The Modesto Bee reports that the remake of Highway 99's interchange and other large highway improvements could be cut due to federal funding retractions if the valley's air quality fails to pass muster.

Valley officials have proposed increases to wintertime fireplace restrictions to better ensure pollution levels in the region remain within an acceptable range. The new plan would impact home wood burning, restaurants that charbroil, lawn-care providers, asphalt companies and some local farmers, the news source reports.

In addition, scientists predict that the restrictions may only leave 28 days for wood burning if the new plan goes into effect.

"It's going to be a big issue," Bill O'Brien, a Stanislaus County supervisor and chairman of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board, told the news source.

As air quality becomes an increasingly important concern in the valley, property owners may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter, a common result of wood burning, in a house.

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