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E-M:/ MDEQ calls for avoiding leaf burning



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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They should have added a call for not burning trash as well......
.....backyard trash burning is a major source of chlorinated dibenzo dioxins/furans
to the atmosphere....

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2006

Contacts:  Robert McCann 
                 (517) 241-7397
                                                                
DEQ Encourages Homeowners to Not Burn Leaves

Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester today reminded homeowners to demonstrate environmental stewardship as they begin spring yard clean-up.  Leaf burning creates air pollution, contributes to health problems and is illegal in many Michigan cities and communities.  Director Chester encouraged the use of composting or mulching yard waste as a safe, healthy alternative for Michigan residents to utilize.

The smoke and ash produced by leaf burning releases fine particles, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons into the air.  These pollutants contain toxic, irritant, and carcinogenic compounds that are unhealthy to breathe, and may be dangerous for children and adults with allergies, asthma, or heart disease. 

Although leaves and yard waste cannot be sent to a landfill, mulching and composting are easy, safe, and environmentally sound ways to manage most yard waste.  The easiest option is to simply mow over leaves with a lawnmower to chop them into fine mulch.  When left on a lawn, the mulch provides a number of needed nutrients for the grass that will keep it looking healthy.

Many areas have municipal composting programs, and local city, township, or county Department of Public Works offices can explain how they dispose of leaves and other yard waste.  If a community does not have a yard waste program, residents are encouraged to review the following information available from the DEQ: 

*  A one-page brochure entitled Open Burning Regulations in Michigan is available.  Go to www.michigan.gov/deqair and select "Open Burning Information" listed under Spotlight. 

*  DEQ's Home Composting brochure and other alternatives to burning are also found in the "Open Burning Information" Web page.

*  Or contact the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.

In communities where burning is allowed, permits are required to burn leaves or brush.  If leaf burning is allowed, homeowners are reminded to obtain a permit before burning, and to make sure the fire is in a location where it will not cause any damage.  More information on the subject can be found on the DEQ "Open Burning Information" Web page, or go to the DNR Fire Management Web page at:  www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-30301_30505_30816---,00.html  

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