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Air Quality Laws in Southern States: Effects on Prescribed Burning

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Forest management burning in most southern states has to date been spared from severe air quality regulation. Recently, however, an increased interest has developed in the emissions from prescribed burning as an air pollutant. More recognition is now being given to the fact that its two major impacts--visibility impairment and particulate emission--can be widespread if not properly managed. State-promulgated regulatory programs are now in the process of being reshaped within the legal framework provided by the 1970 federal Clean Air Act and its 1977 amendments. Focusing on forestry burning activities, we review the recent history of the federal air quality law and how southern states are revising their legislation and administrative regulations according to federal mandate. The relationship of state air quality statutes and regulations to prescribed burning, and to other state regulatory constraints, is examined.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Member of the Louisiana Bar, is Project Leader in Charge of the U.S. Forest Service's Research Program in Forest Resource Law and Taxation, Southern Forest Experiment Station, New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication date: 1981-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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