Release 99-16
May 14, 1999 
CONTACT:  Jerry Martin
Gennet Osborn 
(916) 322-2990
Media Advisory

        SACRAMENTO -- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will co-sponsor a public workshop with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to discuss proposed concepts that would amend existing regulations governing agricultural burning.  The public is invited to attend and comment on the concepts.

        The workshop will be held at the following location:

                                               Monday, May 17 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
                                               San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
                                               Governing Board Room
                                               1990 E. Gettysburg Ave.

        In addition, the following remote video-teleconferencing facilities will be available:

San Joaquin Valley District Office                        San Joaquin Valley District Office
4230 Kieran Ave., Suite 130                               2700 M St., Suite 275
Modesto                                                             Bakersfield

        Agricultural burning refers to the intentional use of fire for vegetation management both in agricultural settings, such as fields and orchards, as well as in wildlands, including rangeland and forests.  Revisions to the burning requirements would cover growers who burn agricultural waste and land managers who use prescribed burning on rangelands and in forests.

        Please visit the ARB website for more information about the Smoke Management Program and the March 1999 Concept Paper, which is the focus of the workshops:

        The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.  The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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