Air Quality Laws in Southern States: Effects on Prescribed Burning
Authors: Hauenstein, Eric B.; Siegel, William C.
Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 5, Number 3, 1 August 1981 , pp. 132-145(14)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract: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.
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: 1 August 1981
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