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Air Quality Officials Consider Regulations For Barbecue Grill Restaurants

Andreea Alexandru / Mediafax / AP
 

Andreea Alexandru / Mediafax / AP

A good steak on a charcoal or wood-fired grill throws up a lot of smoke.

But that smoke isn't regulated by air pollution controls

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is looking to give restaurants equipment to clean up the smoke.

Heather Heinks, with the district, says the equipment can be costly, but it would be provided for free during this trial period.

"So we're able to test several different technologies and see what can be the most efficient source for trapping these emissions," she says. 

Heinks says so far only one eatery has installed equipment to limit the smoke.

"The Habit Burger in Stockton is participating and is a wonderful partner and eager to spread the technology at other stores," she says. 

Heinks adds that the Bay Area already has regulations to limit restaurant smoke and the San Joaquin Valley Air District could have similar rules in a few years.