Regulation 6 Rule 3: Wood-burning Devices - Under Development

Learn about the Air District's process for amendments to Regulation 6, Rule 3: Wood-Burning Devices (Rule 6-3).

Find out about the status and anticipated timeline of the rule development process. Information on hearings, workshops, and other events is provided below, along with supporting documents and materials.


The Air District is developing amendments to Rule 6-3 to further reduce fine particulate emissions from wood-burning activities when wildfire smoke impacts the Bay Area. Amendments to Rule 6-3 would allow the Air District to call a Spare the Air Alert year-round to notify the public when particulate matter is expected to exceed unhealthy levels. When a Spare the Air Alert is in effect, a Mandatory Burn Ban would prohibit the use of wood-burning devices, outdoor wood-burning devices, and recreational fires to protect the health of Bay Area residents. The Air District proposes to extend the wood-burning prohibition to ensure that high PM2.5 concentrations, such as those that occur during wildfire events, are not further exacerbated by wood-burning activities.

On September 23, 2019, the Air District will release a Notice of Public Hearing. The Air District will accept comments on the proposed rule amendments, staff report, and CEQA document through October 23, 2019.

At a public hearing on November 6, 2019, staff will present the final proposed documents for amendments to Rule 6-3 and CEQA analysis to the Air District Board of Directors for consideration.

The Air District released draft amendments to Rule 6-3 and a workshop report and accepted comments on these materials through August 12, 2019.

On July 24, 2019, the Air District will host a public workshop on proposed amendments to Regulation 5 (Open Burning) and Rule 6-3 (Wood-Burning Devices) as part of the Wildfire Air Quality Response Program. For details on the workshop, see the Events section of this page.

Comments can be submitted to:

Patrick Wenzinger
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Or by email to

 

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Regulation 6, Rule 3 Wood-burning Devices November 6, 2019
Regulation 6, Rule 3
Rule Name:
Wood-burning Devices
Expected Hearing Date:
November 6, 2019
Rule Status:
Proposed
Air District Staff Contact:
  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934
Comments Due:
10/23/2019
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Comments Due

10/23/2019

Rule Status

Proposed

Air District Staff Contact

  • Patrick Wenzinger
  • Air Quality Specialist, Compliance & Enforcement
  • 415.749.4934

Description

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Hearings, Workshops and Other Events

Throughout the rule development process, we provide information on upcoming and past workshops, hearings, and other events.

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11/6/2019
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Wednesday, November 6
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Wednesday, November 6
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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7/24/2019Public Workshop on Wildfire Rule AmendmentsNot yet available

Workshop Presentation - Draft Amendments to Regulation 5, Open Burning, and Rule 6-3, Wood-Burning Devices
 
7/24/2019
Event:
Public Workshop on Wildfire Rule Amendments
Date & Time:
Wednesday, July 24
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Status:
Scheduled
Location:
Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Event Description:
Draft Amendments to Regulation 5 and Rule 6-3
 

Date & Time

Wednesday, July 24
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94104

Watch/Listen

Webcast Archive

Event Description

Draft Amendments to Regulation 5 and Rule 6-3

Other Documents

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Event Contact

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Documents

Supporting materials, such as staff reports, regulatory language, and other technical documents related to rule development, are posted throughout the development process.

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Public Hearing Notice - Amendments to Regulation 5 and Rule 6-3
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Regulation 6, Rule 3 - Proposed Amendments
Regulatory Documents 
Regulation 6, Rule 3 - Proposed Amendments
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Staff Report - Reg 5 and Rule 6-3
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2008 Final EIR - Rule 6-3
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2008 Final EIR - Rule 6-3
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Socioeconomic Analysis - Rule 6-3
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Comments

The Air District provides opportunities for the public to submit input throughout the development process, and posts comments received during the open public comment periods.

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Spare the Air Status
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  • Monday,
    10/14

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

Last Updated: 9/24/2019