Open Burning

ARI News - February/March 2014

The State of Indiana has regulations (326 IAC 4) that establish standards for open burning.  This regulation defines open burning as “the burning of any materials wherein air contaminants resulting from combustion are emitted directly into the air, without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber.”  The regulations that prohibit open burning are designed to prevent pollution problems, threats to public health, nuisances and fire hazards.  During meteorological conditions such as high winds, temperature inversions, air stagnation, pollution alerts or ozone action days no burning should be conducted.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) encourages persons to evaluate possible alternatives to burning such as material reuse or resale.  It is discouraged to use fires as a means of disposal. 

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