Central Washington’s Air Quality Program sponsors wood stove buy-back

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There were 105 wood stoves turned in for more than 26 thousand dollars earlier this month in Okanogan County as part of a state and local effort to reduce winter smoke in the mountain valleys.

The state Department of Ecology says people in Okanogan County are exposed to more smoke than anywhere else in the state because of summer wildfires and winter wood burning.

The Air Quality Program in Central Washington teamed with local efforts to sponsor the buy-back event on June 5th and 6th. People received $250 for each old wood stove they turned in. Ecology’s Wood Smoke Reduction Grant Program funded the buy-back. They collected the stoves at the Twisp Transfer Station and the county’s central landfill.