Harsh words expressed toward DAQ, governor during wood burning public meetings

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 20, 2015

OGDEN, Utah -- The Utah Division of Air Quality held two more public hearings on its proposed wood burning ban Tuesday.

If approved, residents in seven counties in northern Utah would be prohibited from burning wood next winter season between Nov. 1 and March 15. Residents who rely on wood as a sole source of heat would be exempt from the restriction as well as homes above 7,000 feet in elevation.

During the hearings in Brigham City and Ogden, harsh words were at times directed towards DAQ and Gov. Gary Herbert.

Those speaking out against the ban greatly outnumbered those in favor.

Three more public hearings are set to take place in Cache, Davis, and Utah counties. Comments may also be sent to the Division of Air Quality via email.

The following meetings will take place at:

· 4 p.m., Jan. 21: Logan Historic Courthouse, 199 N. Main St., Council Chambers, Logan

· 10 a.m., Jan. 28: Davis County Administration Building, 61 S. Main St., Farmington

· 11 a.m., Jan. 29: Utah County Health Department, 151 S. University Ave., Room 1600

You may submit written comments via email to, or mail to: Mark Berger, DAQ, P.O. Box 144820, 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114.