Posted: Friday, April 18th 2014 at 8:58am
Outdoor burn ban begins in a few days
By Ken Stanford Staff
ATLANTA - If you have some outdoor burning planned, you have just a few days left to do it unless you want to wait until fall.
A state-mandated ban on outdoor burning goes into effect May 1 in more than 50 Georgia counties, including several in northeast Georgia: Hall, Banks, Clarke, Dawson, Pickens, Forsyth, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Lumpkin and Gwinnett.
The prohibition lasts through September 30 and has been a summertime fixture in many of the counties for several years. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including the burning of leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage. There are some exceptions and they are spelled on on the state Department of Natural Resources' Website. (See link below.)
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes the ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels, according to EPD, and open burning has been identified as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
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