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Tacoma-Pierce County Woodsmoke Reduction Program

From 2009 through February 2015, Tacoma and much of Pierce County was one of only 32 areas in the country that didn’t meet federal health standards for air quality. Despite now meeting the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for fine particulate matter pollution (soot), wood smoke continues to play a large part in this pollution problem in our region. The Tacoma-Pierce Smoke Reduction Zone has been designated since 2009 and ongoing programs continue to be implemented to make our region healthier.


The smoke from burning wood poses a risk to everyone. Children, older adults and people with heart disease, asthma and other lung diseases are the most at risk.

As of October 1, 2015, it is illegal to purchase or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone. Uncertified wood stoves need to be removed or rendered inoperable. Our Wood Stove Program can help you get ahead of these new rules.

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