Tasmanians rank air pollution as a major environmental concern. Emissions from woodheaters, planned burning, cars and industry all affect the air we breathe and the health of our community. All of us are responsible for local air pollution in one way or another and we can each do something every day to make a difference to our local air quality. A primary air quality issue for Tasmania is domestic wood smoke.
The EPA Division in conjunction with Local Government is implementing the Domestic Wood Smoke Management Program. The Domestic Smoke Management Program consists of a series of annual community engagement and air quality monitoring projects known as Burn Brighter this Winter Projects. The aim of these projects is to promote the importance of good wood heater operation and raise awareness of air quality issues in Tasmanian communities.
The Environment Division has developed the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Distributed Atmospheric Emissions) Regulations to control the manufacture, importation for sale and sale of wood heaters prohibiting those that do not meet the current Australian Standard, AS4013:1999.
The regulations also make an offence of the emission of excessive smoke from wood heaters, fireplaces and barbecues. Backyard burning on allotments of less than 2000 square metres is also prohibited. The new regulations were gazetted in August 2007.
Additional information on the regulations is provided in the following explanatory pamphlets:
For more information on how you can help improve air quality follow the links below.