Open Burning Hearing in Allegheny County

The Allegheny County Health Department public hearing on Open Burning http://www.achd.net/air/index.php  is coming up next week on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10:00 AM, in the First Floor Conference Room at Building #7 of the Clack Health Center, 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 for proposed amendments to Rules and Regulations on Open Burning.  If you want to comment in person, please contact the Department at least 24 hours before the meeting at 412-578-8120.
Clean Air Council proposes for maximum health protection a “no burn alternative” for the amendments to Allegheny County Air Regulations.  https://iseesmokepa.org/2014/02/10/model-legislation-on-banning-open-burning/  Below are the direct links to the notice and the proposed regulation change:
Contact Thurman Brendlinger at brendlinger@cleanair.org or 215-567-4004, Ext. 104 if you plan on presenting comments or have questions about the issue. 

Hearing on Open Burning Regulations for Allegheny County

Join the Campaign

Join Clean Air Council  at the upcoming Allegheny County Health Department public hearing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10:00 AM,  to voice your support and present you comments on a No Burn Alternative in Allegheny County.  The hearing will be held in the First Floor Conference Room at Building #7 of the Clack Health Center, 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 for proposed amendments to Rules and Regulations on Open Burning.
Contact Thurman Brendlinger, brendlinger@cleanair.org or 215-567-4004, Ext. 104 if you plan on presenting comments or have questions about the issue.

Click on the image below to view or download the entire fact sheet.

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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.

 

Model Legislation on Banning Open Burning

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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.

Join the Campaign

Join Clean Air Council  at the upcoming Allegheny County Health Department public hearing on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 10:00 AM,  to voice your support and present you comments on an open burning ban in Allegheny County.  The hearing will be held in the First Floor Conference Room at Building #7 of the Clack Health Center, 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 for proposed amendments to Rules and Regulations on Open Burning.
Contact Thurman Brendlinger, brendlinger@cleanair.org or 215-567-4004, Ext. 104 if you plan on presenting comments or have questions about the issue.

Click on the image below to view or download the entire fact sheet.

ISeeSmoke.ModelLegislation.OpenBurning