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Open Burning

Picture of a burning barrel.Open Burning Open burning is the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris, where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air without passing through a chimney or stack. Open burning also includes incineration devices that do not control the combustion air to maintain an adequate temperature and do not provide sufficient residence time for complete combustion (R 336.1115(b) and R 299.4104). Open burning pollutes the air and poses a fire hazard. The air pollution created by open burning can irritate eyes and lungs, obscure visibility, soil nearby surfaces, create annoying odors, and is a danger to those with respiratory conditions. Smoke created from burning poisonous plants can cause serious health problems: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/poisonivyoakandsumac.html and www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/poison-ivy.htm.

New Trash Burning Restrictions Take
Public Act 102 of 2012 was signed into law on April 19, 2012, prohibiting the open burning of household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials. The burning of these household trash items pose a danger to human health and the environment. The law amends the open burning provisions contained in Section 11522 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Public Act 451 of 1994). The changes take effect on October 16 and contain penalty provisions, which may be enforced by local units of government, should a local ordinance not exist.







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