Air quality policy to be updated
In addition to increasing rebates to remove old, polluting wood stoves, Truckee is taking further measures to decrease air pollution and increase air quality.
The Truckee Planning Commission on Wednesday forwarded a recommendation to the town council to establish maximum levels of significance for air quality impacts and requirements for mitigation of those impacts. In addition, the policy will allow for a developer to pay mitigation fees, rather than following through with the mitigation.
The new policy, which will apply to developments other than single family residences, duplexes and second units on existing lots, will create consistency with mitigation fees. According to the town, the fees have been paid on a case-by-case basis with no consistent amount.
With the updated policy, developers will be required to adhere to several mitigation measures. If a developer cannot reasonably comply with the mitigation measures, they will have to pay the mitigation fee. The approved fee was increased to $300 for each “solid fuel burning appliance” and $7,366 per ton of polluting (PM-10) emissions from other sources.
Under the resolution, a development must “mitigate and offset 100 percent of PM-10 emissions from solid fuel burning devices.”
The policy update is in conjunction with other measures started by the town to increase the air quality in town and in the Martis Valley. Truckee has been working with Placer County to match air quality ordinances in the Martis Valley. The wood stove rebate was increased in Truckee to match Placer County’s numbers.
According to the town, the mitigation fees will be added to the Town Air Quality Mitigation Fund. That fund is used “in the implementation of control strategies and other programs that will reduce … emissions from existing sources in the Truckee air basin.
The policy update will be heard at the town council meeting next month, and will be effective as of its adoption date.
For more information on the air quality policies, visit http://www.townoftruckee.com.
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