- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State environment officials are weighing a ban on wood burning in northern Utah during the winter to improve air quality.

Wood burning is now prohibited on days when pollution exceeds federal health standards, but the new proposal would bar it completely in seven northern Utah counties from Nov. 1 to March 15, when winter pollution is worst.

Locations above 7,000 feet could be exempt from the rule, as well as registered restaurants and homeowners who rely on wood for heat.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment on the idea through a series of public hearings, as well as email and letters, through Feb. 9.

Northern Utah’s air quality can be the worst in the country when weather conditions trap pollution in the bowl-shaped mountain basins.

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