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Five tips for open burning

Published Jun. 11, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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by Leah Curtis

Many are unaware that open burning is regulated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under its air pollution abatement duties. As part of Ohio Farm Bureauís Legal Information Series, members may request a digital copy of an open burning brochure to help farmers stay on the right side of the law when it comes to burning waste.

Here are five tips for conducting open burning and avoiding trouble with the Ohio EPA:

1. Before burning, landowners need to consider whether they are located within a restricted or unrestricted area and whether their burning activity may require notification or permission from the Ohio EPA.

2. Agricultural wastes that can be burned include any wastes generated by crop, horticultural or livestock production, including woody debris or plant material, bags, cartons, and landscape wastes. In certain circumstances, farmers are required to provide notification to EPA prior to burning agricultural wastes.

3. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has a burn ban for unincorporated areas in the months of March, April, May, October and November. During these months, any burning must take place in a plowed garden or field and at least 200 feet from any woodland, brush or fields of dry grass.

4. Burning land clearing waste requires written permission from the EPA. Land clearing waste is plant waste generated when land is cleared for residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural development.

5. Local fire districts or jurisdictions may have their own open burning ordinances. Always check with your local fire department, and make them aware of your activity to prevent confusion and unnecessary alarm to your local first responders.

Get the full brochure

For further explanation of these tips and more information on open burning laws, Ohio Farm Bureau members can download the full brochure in the attachment above.

Get full brochures on more topics in Ohio Farm Bureauís Legal Information Series

Leah Curtis is the director of agricultural law for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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