Why is there this special rule in the Smoke Reduction Zone?

From 2009 to 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 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5), wood smoke continues to play a large part of this pollution problem in our region. 

The fine particle pollution in the Smoke Reduction Zone comes mainly from smoke due to burning in wood stoves and fireplaces. Pollution is worse during the winter months when more households are burning wood for heat.  In addition, stagnant weather conditions trap the smoke from these fires close to the ground and cause air pollution to build up rapidly.

Uncertified wood burning stoves can produce 50-60% more pollution than certified stoves. The removal of old wood stoves will continue to help the region meet air quality standards and help solve the Zone’s fine particle air pollution problem for good.

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1. Why is there this special rule in the Smoke Reduction Zone?
2. Are you going to expand this rule to the rest of the county at some point?
3. How can I tell if my wood stove is legal to use?
4. When did the wood stove rule go into effect?
5. Where does the wood stove rule apply?
6. I would like to replace my old, uncertified wood stove, but I need help with the cost.
7. What does "render inoperable" mean?
8. What do I do with an uncertified stove?
9. Can I buy, sell, exchange, give-away, or reinstall my uncertified device?
10. What about my fireplace? Is that affected by the rule?
11. I have an old stove, but it is the only source of heat I have in my house.
12. How will the Agency enforce this rule?
13. Will you ask to enter homes?
14. Where can I find more info about this rule and the state law that authorizes it?