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Bay Area Winter Spare The Air Season Sees Record Number Of Alerts, Citations

30 Spare the Air alerts were issued during the past winter season, with 267 people being cited for violating the no-wood-burning rule.

03/05/2014

Mount Auburn Cemetary

Lawsuit Alleges East Oakland Air Too Polluted To Allow Crematorium

The Neptune Society’s plan to build a crematorium in East Oakland has raised concerns that an area already choked by poor air quality will have to contend with yet another source of pollution.

12/12/2013

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Winter Spare-The-Air Alert Issued For Saturday

Another Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Saturday, the fourth regional wood-burning ban this week by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

11/29/2013

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Tuesday Declared 2nd Consecutive Spare The Air Day

A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Tuesday—the second straight day wood burning has been banned by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

11/25/2013

Cars drive drive along U.S. 101 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Same-Day Spare The Air Alert Called For 1st Time

Wildfires, high temperatures and light winds have caused air quality in Northern California to deteriorate and prompted Bay Area officials to declare Friday the first Spare the Air Day of the 2013 season.

05/03/2013

Firefighters battle a wildfire. (CBS)

Late Spare-The-Air Notice Issued As Wildfires Impact Air Quality

Wildfires, high temperatures and light winds have caused air quality in Northern California to deteriorate and prompted Bay Area officials to declare Friday the first Spare the Air Day of the 2013 season.

05/03/2013

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Despite Improved Air Quality Statewide, Some East Bay Communities Can’t Breathe Easy

Despite a statewide report that says Californians are breathing cleaner air, some East Bay communities are still suffering from industry-related pollution levels.

04/18/2013

The Richmond Chevron refinery fire as seen from San Francisco. (FoTo Taker/CBS)

Chevron Report Details Failures That Led To Richmond Refinery Fire

Corrosion that damaged a steel pipe led to a disastrous fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last August, oil company officials confirmed in a report released Friday.

04/12/2013

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Bay Area Regulators Get Tough On Winter Wood Burning

As the weather starts to turn colder, the cozy feeling of sitting by a roaring fireplace could lead to a stiff fine if that fire is burning during a winter Spare the Air alert, air quality officials said.

10/25/2012

Smoke rises from the scene or a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (rhabarak/CBS)

Unsafe Pollutant Levels Found In Richmond Refinery Fire; Initial Readings Wrong

Air quality officials said their initial measurements of pollutants from the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond Monday were wrong.

08/10/2012

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