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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Linn County Public Health Expands Iowa’s First Wood-Burning Appliance Change-Out Program

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Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is expanding the Wood-Burning Change-Out Program – a voluntary program to improve air quality by providing vouchers to eligible homeowners to remove and replace old, non-certified wood appliances with cleaner burning, EPA-certified appliances.

“This is the first wood-burning appliance change-out offered in the State of Iowa,” said Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director, Linn County Public Health.  “A stove purchased today is cleaner-burning and releases fewer harmful air pollutants and carcinogens.”

Eligible participants must be homeowners in the Alliant Energy gas and/or electric service area, use an uncertified wood-burning appliance as the primary or significant source of heat for the primary residence, and live in Linn County. Incentives range from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on the replacement appliance purchased, with an additional $250 for participants who are active duty or veterans of the U.S Armed Forces or active/retired first responders. To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, visit www.burncleanlinn.org or call LCPH at 319-892-6000.

Funds for this program are limited and scheduled to end by February 15, 2021 – or once all incentive funds have been awarded – whichever comes first. This project is funded by a consent decree settlement between the U.S. EPA, The State of Iowa, The County of Linn, Iowa, and the Sierra Club and Interstate Power and Light.

Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 220,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness.

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