Deadline extended for aging woodstoves, rebates |

Deadline extended for aging woodstoves, rebates

The owners of outdated polluting stoves and fireplaces have another year before they must replace them with environmentally superior fixtures.

The Truckee Town Council voted on Thursday to extend a grace period for mandatory replacement to May 31, 2008, and to continue its rebate program to financially assist residents making the switch. Without the vote, residents faced a July 15 deadline.

The stove replacement program began in 2003 as part of a town effort to reduce particulate air pollution.

Town Planner Duane Hall said the grace period will give staff more time to notify homeowners and examine special cases such as mobile-home parks and homes where older stoves not certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are a primary source of heat.

The rebate program, which offers $300 to homeowners to remove a non-EPA certified wood stove, or to replace a non-EPA certified wood stove with a new, certified wood stove; or $500 to replace a non-EPA certified wood stove with a certified gas stove, will continue through the grace period as funds allow, Hall said.

The town will also explore a loan program to further help homeowners replace old stoves, and both programs will draw on Truckee’s Air Quality Mitigation Fund, which now stands at about $260,000, Hall said.

Once the grace period expires, Hall added, those not in compliance may face fines in the amount of $1,000 for a first offense, $2,500 for a second offense and $5,000 for a third offense.

For more, call town hall at 582-7700 or visit

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