- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah regulators will not be allowed to ban wood burning for an entire season under a new state law.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced Tuesday afternoon that he signed the measure into law.

The Republican governor said earlier this month during a televised news conference that he needed to take a look at the proposal before signing or vetoing it. He was concerned that lawmakers may be imposing an unnecessary restriction on a state board tasked with overseeing air quality.

The regulations proposed by Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, would still ban all wood burning on bad air days and ban burning by non-EPA certified stoves on the moderate days.

It was supported by wood burners but strongly opposed by clean air advocates.



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