Open Burning Ban in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Health Department is currently in the process of revising its open-burning regulations. The Health Department is still in preliminary stages, and proposed revisions have yet to be released. The Clean Air Council is advocating for an open-burning ban within Allegheny County due to the greater Pittsburgh area’s dense population and the harmful effects of wood smoke associated with incomplete combustion resulting from open fire. In January 2014, the Council presented the Health Department with draft regulations that ban open-burning with limited exceptions [perhaps link to the attachment?]. This policy is the only approach that will ensure adequate protection of human health. We will continue to update this page with developments regarding the Health Department’s revisions to ensure that the public is aware of opportunities to influence this decision-making process.
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