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DEC Proposes Rule Change to Eliminate Open Burning

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:23 am

DEC Proposes Rule Change to Eliminate Open Burning
From the June 2008 issue

In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide,
and to limit the risks of wildfires, DEC is proposing to extend the ban on open burning statewide. Open
burning of residential wastes in any city or village, or in any town with a population of 20,000 or more
has been prohibited since 1972.

Burning Releases a Witch's Brew of Toxins

Once considered harmless, open burning has been found to release more dangerous chemicals into the
air than thought generations ago. A recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in
conjunction with DEC and the State Department of Health, found that emissions of dioxins and furans
from backyard burning alone were greater than all other sources combined for the years 2002-04.
The study also found that burning trash emits arsenic, carbon monoxide, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde,
lead, hydrogen cyanide and other harmful chemicals. Trash containing plastics, polystyrene, pressure-
treated and painted wood, and bleached or colored papers can produce harmful chemicals when burned.

In addition to releasing pollutants, open burning is the largest single cause of wildfires in New York State.
Data from DEC's Forest Protection Division show that debris burning accounted for about 40 percent of
wildfires between 1986 and 2006-more than twice the next most-cited source. In 2006 alone, debris
burning triggered 98 wildfires in the state.

A Public Health Issue

"This is a public health and safety issue," said DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis. "The trash we are
burning has become more complicated and damaging to air quality over the decades. From dioxins to
furans to arsenic, numerous toxic chemicals can be released by open burning-worries we didn't have
several decades ago. Moreover, wildfires occur regularly from badly tended open fires. This proposal
will reduce the chances of that happening."

The proposed rule does allow for a number of exceptions, including campfires, prescribed burns,
celebratory bonfires (where allowed), fire training exercises, specialized burning to protect crops from
frostbite and burning of agricultural wastes (though not agricultural plastics). Prior to releasing the
proposal, DEC held meetings and received input from stakeholders and state agencies. Public hearings
on the proposed rule change will take place across the state from June 23 through July 2. See the
hearings schedule in the full press release.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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DEC Proposes Rule Change to Eliminate Open Burning
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Postby Wilberforce » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:24 am

More Outdoor Burning

Outdoor Burning rules: What’s prohibited, what’s allowed (Puget Sound Clean Air Agency)
http://www.pscleanair.org/actions/outdo ... ummary.pdf

ADEM reminds of open burning ban in area /The Gadsden Times
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/200 ... /1017/NEWS

Open burning hazardous; alternatives offered
http://haywardwi.com/articles/2008/05/2 ... 063707.txt

Morgan County will once again be under an open burning ban.
http://www.hartselleenquirer.com/articl ... fs/nb3.prt

City to consider implementing new burning regulations
http://www.eastoregonian.info/main.asp? ... M=7423.219

Hearings slated on statewide burning ban (GA?)
http://romesentinel.com/news?newsid=20080606-142306
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Postby woodburner » Wed Jun 25, 2008 6:56 am

The proposed rule does allow for a number of exceptions, including campfires


Looks like I'll be having a lot of 'campfires' then. What a joke, it's not like they'll enforce this. If Grannis somehow manages to pull this off, I'll still be burning my cardboard, yard waste, and construction debris. Mind you I do take treated lumber to the landfill.
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Postby turning_blue » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:36 am

I am so glad you don't live near me.

What kind of construction debris are you burning?
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Postby woodburner » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:36 am

turning_blue wrote:I am so glad you don't live near me.

What kind of construction debris are you burning?


Just untreated lumber. The rest goes to the landfill. If I lived in an area where houses are close to each other it wouldn't make sense for me to burn stuff outside, but I don't live close to anyone.
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