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Date:
August 1, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Time:
All Day
Time Details:
Public Comment Period: August 1st - September 14th Public Hearing: September 14th at 12:30PM
Location:
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) Office
Address:
1010 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Contact:
541-736-1056
ADA:
Yes

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Public Encouraged to submit written comment or Attend the September 14, 2017 Hearing on Proposed Revisions to LRAPA Title 47: Open (Outdoor) Burning rule

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) rely upon local air quality stakeholders in developing key aspects of air quality plans to assure that community needs are met. Feedback from the public is a crucial part of plan development. DEQ and LRAPA are proposing to revise LRAPA Title 47: Open (Outdoor) Burning rules in an effort to meet or maintain federal air quality standards for fine particulate matter and to improve the general air quality of Lane County. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule amendments. Comments submitted prior to the hearing date must be submitted in writing and must be received by LRAPA by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Comments submitted at the hearing must be presented orally by the commenter.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) rely upon local air quality stakeholders in developing key aspects of air quality plans to assure that community needs are met. Feedback from the public is a crucial part of plan development.

DEQ and LRAPA are proposing to revise LRAPA Title 47: Open (Outdoor) Burning rules in an effort to meet or maintain federal air quality standards for fine particulate matter and to improve the general air quality of Lane County. The proposed rules would:

  • Change the term "Open Burning" to "Outdoor Burning" throughout Title 47
  • Clarify terminology pertaining to size and materials of "religious ceremonial fires" and "bonfires"
  • Clarify terminology relative to outdoor burning during the LRAPA "Home Wood Heating Season"
  • Require residents within the Oakridge Urban Growth Boundary to be subject to outdoor burning prohibitions and exemptions during the November through February Oakridge "Home Wood Heating Season"
  • Identify the Eugene and Springfield Urban Growth Boundaries as separate
  • Identify cardboard, clothing and grass clippings as "prohibited materials"
  • Prohibit outdoor burning in barrels
  • Prohibit outdoor burning within the Eugene Urban Growth Boundary
  • Include in LRAPA rules Oakridge and Florence outdoor burning ordinances requirements.
  • Limit outdoor burning to woody yard trimmings within the city limits of Junction City, Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Lowell, Westfir, Dunes City and Veneta and further clarify relative to affected areas
  • Update names of Fire Districts
  • Update "Forest Slash Outdoor Burning" requirements in areas not covered by Department of Forestry Smoke Management Plan
  • Increase fee for prescribed burning of standing vegetation permits (species or wetland conversion) from $100 to $1,000 and include caveat relative to Director discretion in fee adjustment
  • Increase fee for permits required for forest slash open burning in areas not covered by the Department of Forestry Smoke Management Plan and for construction, demolition, commercial or industrial open burning from $4 per cubic yard to $10 per cubic yard and minimum fee from $50 to $100

Who is affected?             Anyone wishing to conduct outdoor burning in Lane County.

PUBLIC HEARING

LOCATION:        LRAPA Meeting Room

                                        1010 Main Street

    Springfield, Oregon 97477

DATE:    Thursday, September 14, 2017


     TIME:
    12:30 P.M.

               

A hearing on the proposed adoption and rulemaking will be held at 12:30 P.M. September 14, 2017, in the LRAPA Conference Room. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule amendments. Comments submitted prior to the hearing date must be submitted in writing and must be received by LRAPA by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Comments submitted at the hearing must be presented orally by the commenter. If LRAPA Board adopts this rulemaking, the plan and rules will be presented to the Environmental Quality Commission for approval and submitted by DEQ to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a revision to the State Implementation Plan under OAR 340-200-0040 as a requirement of the Clean Air Act.

To submit comments or request additional information, please contact Robbye Lanier at LRAPA, 1010 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477, toll free in Oregon at 877-285-7272 or 541-736-1056 extension 214, email at robbye@lrapa.org. Fax 541-726-1205. To view the  proposed rule changes online, visit http://www.lrapa.org .