- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Lane County’s air protection agency is extending the amount of time it will issue advisories on home wood-heating smoke and check for violations.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/4HzNgW ) the new monitoring period begins Thursday and will run through the end of May.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency officials say the expansion from four months to eight months comes as a result of increasing complaints about wood-stove smoke and pollution concerns.

In 2014, the agency received more than 120 home wood smoke complaints. So far this year, the agency has already received more than 150 complaints.

The advisories authorize whether homes are allowed to emit visible smoke emissions. They will be issued in Eugene, Springfield and Oakridge.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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