Open Burning Ban Update for Allegheny County

On January 21, 2014 Clean Air Council attended a Regulation Subcommittee meeting of Allegheny County Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee to present a “No Burn” Model proposal to the committee to consider for revision of its open burning regulations. The suggestion was supported by the American Lung Association in a letter to the committee.  Also attending the meeting in support of the model regulation was the Executive Director of Women for a Healthy Environment.  By consensus vote the proposal was rejected by the committee which pursued options less protective of public health.

As a follow up, Clean Air Council attended the March 11, 2014 meeting of the Regulation Subcommittee.  The Council did not comment on the specific wording changes of the regulation being addressed by the subcommittee proceedings.  The Council did comment at the end of the considerations that protection of public health was not being maximized by the County’s revised regulation and objected that it was being recommended to the full Allegheny County Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee in its present form.  The Chairman of the Regulation Subcommittee recognized the Council’s objection and invited  comment in the public comment period after approval by the whole Advisory Committee.