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NOT MENTIONED HERE...BUT NOTE THAT BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD
TRASH IN BURN BARRELS IS A VERY LARGE, AREA-WIDE SOURCE OF
CHLORINATED DIBENZO DIOXINS/FURANS....HIGHLY TOXIC AND AN
IMPORTANT CONTAMINANT OF SURFACE WATERS


FOR IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE 
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<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = 
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />April 24, 2003



Contact:  Patricia Spitzley

               (517) 241-7397



DEQ Reminds Public of State’s Open Burning Regulations



Open burning of yard debris is a springtime ritual for many in Michigan; 
however, the air pollution created by this activity can irritate eyes and 
lungs, obscure visibility, soil nearby surfaces, create annoying odors, and 
is a threat to those with respiratory conditions.  Michigan’s open burning 
regulations are very restrictive; only certain material may be burned, and 
only if specific criteria are met.  What may be burned usually depends on 
the type of material (such as household waste or brush) and who is doing 
the burning (such as a business or household).  Following is a summary of 
the regulations.  (NOTE: local ordinances may be stricter and take 
precedence over the state regulations.  Always contact your fire department 
or municipality before burning.)



Persons may burn solid waste from a one- or two-family dwelling in an 
approved container, as long as it is not prohibited by local ordinance and 
it does not create a smoke or odor nuisance.  An approved container is one 
constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device with openings 
no larger than ¾ inch.



The open burning of trees, logs, brush, and stumps is allowed if it meets 
the following criteria, unless prohibited by local law: (1) The burning is 
conducted further than 1,400 feet from the boundary of an incorporated city 
or village.  (2)  The  burning is not in a listed priority area.  Priority 
areas are located in parts of Bay, Calhoun, Delta, Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb, 
Manistee, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Saginaw, St. Clair, and Wayne 
Counties.  (3) The burning does not violate any other air pollution rules 
(such as burning that causes a smoke or odor nuisance).



The burning of grass clippings and leaves is prohibited in municipalities 
with a population of 7,500 or more, unless the local governing body enacts 
an ordinance authorizing it.  If a local government does enact an ordinance 
authorizing open burning of this material, they are required to submit a 
copy of the ordinance to the DEQ, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division.



The open burning of construction and demolition (C & D) waste is 
prohibited, even if the burning is to be conducted on the person’s own 
property.  A person may NOT take C & D waste to another location, such as a 
household, to be burned.  C & D waste should be reused, recycled, or 
disposed of in a landfill that accepts C & D waste.



The DEQ, Environmental Science and Services Division’s Clean Air Assistance 
Program has launched a new web site designed to provide the public, fire 
departments, and municipalities with information about open burning 
regulations in Michigan.  The web site can be accessed via the DEQ’s home 
page: <http://www.michigan.gov/deq>www.michigan.gov/deq (click on “AIR” 
then “Open Burning Information”).  The web site provides guidance 
documents, links to open burning related web sites, contact information, 
and regulations.



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