California Cracks Down on Burger Smoke Pollution

by | Oct 24, 2018

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California regulators are calling on restaurants to reduce grill smoke emissions, according to Bloomberg BNA.

Some air pollution control districts are asking burger places to register if they use charbroilers, while others are offering restaurants money to switch to greener technology. In areas of the state with bad air quality, this could mean a violation of the Clean Air Act.

In the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District alone, state regulators said the district needs to reduce this type of air pollution by 0.57 tons per day, Bloomberg BNA reports.

Restaurants in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District already must register if at least 1,000 pounds of beef per week is cooked and on average at least 800 pounds is sold within that time period, Bloomberg BNA reports.

In 2019, South Coast will start the rulemaking process to consider regulating these burger machines. An estimated 13,000 restaurants in the district use the charbroilers in question.

Since 2002, San Joaquin Valley has required pollution controls on chain-driven commercial charbroilers. The cost and technology have made it hard to apply the same restrictions when it comes to the under-fired systems, according to Bloomberg BNA. They can cost $30,000 to $80,000 to purchase and another $10,000 to $60,000 to install. Annual maintenance can run upwards of $100,000 at busy restaurants.



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