Release 99-25      

July 16, 1999


Jerry Martin
Gennet Osborn
(916) 322-2990
Media Advisory
Agricultural Burning Regulations

-- 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:

Tuesday, July 20 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
Governing Board Room
1990 East Gettysburg Avenue
Fresno, California

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

San Joaquin Valley District Office
4230 Kieran Avenue, Suite 130
Modesto, California

San Joaquin Valley District Office
2700 "M" Street, Suite 275
Bakersfield, California

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 March 1999 Concept Paper.

The Air Resources Board is the state'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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