Release 99-23
July 12, 1999 
CONTACT:  Jerry Martin
Gennet Osborn 
(916) 322-2990
Media Advisory

        SACRAMENTO --  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a public workshop to discuss proposed changes to 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:

                                                    Thursday, July 15 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                                    Air Resources Board Headquarters
                                                    Hearing Room, Lower Level
                                                    2020 L Street

         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.

        Click here for more information about the Smoke Management Program and the July 1, 1999 preliminary draft regulation, which is the focus of the workshops.

        The Air Resources Board is California's air pollution control agency.  The 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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