Salmon Air Quality
Particulate pollution has long been a concern in the Salmon area. Salmon’s air quality is impacted by intense smoke events from regional wildfires in the summer and by smoke from residential wood combustion and air stagnation in the winter. Particulate matter air pollution is of concern because exposure can have significant impacts on public health, particularly for people with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults. Even healthy people may experience temporary symptoms from exposure to elevated levels of particle pollution. The Salmon airshed has violated the daily federal health standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) since 2011. City leaders and citizens decided participation in the PM Advance Program provided a way for the community to develop an acceptable path toward improving local air quality and quality of life.
EPA launched the Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Program in early 2003. This nonregulatory program encourages collaboration between EPA, states, tribes, and local government to proactively reduce PM2.5 emissions in areas struggling to meet the national air quality standards for PM2.5. The program empowers local communities to develop site-specific solutions to air quality problems that fit local needs and goals. In august 2018, the City of Salmon, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality committed to improving air quality for residents of Salmon and developed a path forward to improve air quality in Salmon. The measures and strategies outlined in the PM Advance Path Forward are critical for improving air quality by reducing fine particulate pollution to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established in the Clean Air Act. The Path Forward focuses mainly on expanding outreach and education efforts to increase knowledge of local air quality as well as clean and efficient woodstove use.
Woodstove Changeout Program
Uncertified woodstoves burn about 70 percent dirtier than new certified woodstoves and can contribute to health problems. Old uncertified stoves also burn less efficiently and require more wood than newer, certified stoves. Older stoves may also have been installed improperly, posing potential fire hazard and safety concerns.
To help implement the Salmon Path Forward, DEQ is offering a financial incentive to Salmon residents who change out their old wood and pellet stoves with new, cleaner heating appliances. Participants may be eligible to receive a rebate up to $4,000 toward the purchase and installation of a qualified heating appliance from a DEQ participating vendor.
Homeowners who have a non-EPA-certified wood appliance or EPA-certified wood or pellet appliance manufactured before 1998 are encouraged to apply. See the homeowner information sheet for details on the program.
- Applicants must be the legal owner of the home or rental property. Renters may participate if approved by their landlord. Please review the Homeowner/Tenant Agreement before submitting an application.
- Homes must be located within the Salmon Woodstove Changeout Program area (figure below).
- All purchases, installation, and destruction of the old stove must be performed by a DEQ participating vendor and HVAC-licensed installer.
- The DEQ participating vendor must take the old, replaced woodstove or pellet stove to a DEQ-approved recycling facility for disposal. A proof-of-disposal receipt is obtained and a copy should be kept by the homeowner.
Contact the DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office at (800) 232-4635 or (208) 528-2650 to receive an application.
Once approved, the homeowner will receive a rebate that is valid for 45 days and can be redeemed at a DEQ participating vendor. After the old stove is disposed of at a DEQ-approved recycling vendor, the homeowner will receive a copy of a proof-of-disposal receipt. This receipt is required for homeowners replacing non-EPA-certified woodstoves with out-of-pocket costs not covered by the rebate who wish to take advantage of the Idaho Alternative Energy tax deduction.
Information for Vendors