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Open Burning/Smoke

Regulations restricting or prohibiting open burning are typically written and enforced by state, regional, and/or local governments. These rules are aimed at reducing the generation of smoke, preventing smoke and ash from impacting people and the environment, and preventing wildfires. Examples of typical regulations are given below:

Use the CICA Air Pollution Information Tool to find out about open burning rules in your area.


Airborne dust generated from construction activities may be regulated by regional and local rules. [Dusts containing lead or asbestos are covered by federal and state regulations and are covered elsewhere on CICA.] Typical rules require builders to implement best management practices (e.g., establish vegetation, watering, sequential clearing, wheel washing, reducing vehicle speed, prompt removal of dirt/mud tracked onto highways) as abatement measures. An example of dust control rules are Benton (WA) Clean Air Authority Urban Fugitive Dust Policy (see construction/demolition section). Some localities require contractors/builders to obtain a permit from the local air pollution control authority before construction begins. As an example, see the City of Albuquerque Dust Control Program.

Use the Air Pollution Information Tool to find out about dust regulations in your area.


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