Ohio EPA Extends Open Burning Comment Period

Ohio EPA has extended the comment period for the amended rules for open burning through Friday, March 16, 2012. This extends the comment period on the rules proposal by one week.

Changes to the open burning standards include adding a provision to facilitate the disposal of confiscated marijuana by law enforcement officials through open burning. This action is currently accomplished by written permission using the emergency or extraordinary provisions section of the rules. Since this activity is infrequently performed and only by law enforcement officials, Ohio EPA proposes to not require written permission for law enforcement from Ohio EPA to expedite disposal of confiscated marijuana.

The proposed rules include new language requiring Ohio EPA notification before burning in unrestricted areas if agricultural waste piles exceed 20 feet in diameter by 10 feet in height, or no more than 4,000 cubic feet. For residential wastes, notification would be required before burning if a waste pile exceeds 1,000 cubic feet, or 10 x 10 x 10 feet.

The rules would add a provision that Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention be listed with agricultural agencies permitted to open burn for the control of disease or pests, and for agencies permitted to burn in restricted areas.

The rules would also clarify the timeline for submittal and approval of written permission to open burn.

To access the rule amendments or for information on how to submit comments, please see the rule language on Ohio EPA’s web page. Written comments may be mailed to Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Attention: Lee Burkleca, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

Ohio EPA will review all comments and make necessary changes before finalizing the rule.

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