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The proposed rule change would ban burn barrels.
The proposed rule change would ban burn barrels.

DEC to propose burn ban

The Spitzer Administration is poised to announce a rule change that would ban outdoor trash burning in New York. The new regulation would include backyard burn barrels and non-organic farm waste. The New York Farm Bureau has blocked a bill to do the same thing for more than a decade. But the plan has caught the group unaware. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's no-burn campaign logo
St. Lawrence County's no-burn campaign logo

St. Lawrence may stoke burn barrel campaign

The St. Lawrence County planning office is asking for $20,000 to continue its campaign against burn barrels and other forms of outdoor garbage burning. It recently completed a two-year campaign that included roadside billboards, bumper stickers, and public service announcements. The EPA says outdoor trash burning is the number one source of dioxin in America today. Dioxin is a highly toxic chemical that can cause cancer, neurological disorders, and many other health problems. Jon Montan has been spearheading the no-burning campaign for St. Lawrence County. He told David Sommerstein burn barrels are a persistent problem, but his efforts are working.  Go to full article

Farmers Put Plastics Where They Belong

A program to help farmers dispose of used agricultural plastics put more than 100 tons of the waste in the landfill. As David Sommerstein reports, the project is intended to spread the message that proper disposal of plastics isn't as expensive as many farmers think.  Go to full article

Dry Conditions Spark More Burn Bans

Franklin County is the latest to issue a ban on burning trash or debris outdoors. St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties also have bans in place. Nearly two weeks with little or no rainfall and lots of sun have led to hundreds of brush fires across the North Country. Volunteer fire departments are being stretched thin. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants.  Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants. Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org

Bike Ride Highlights Trash Burning Dangers

A group of cyclists will start biking from St. Lawrence County to Albany tomorrow. The 2nd Annual "Tour de Burn Barrel" is to draw attention to the health and environmental hazards of burning trash outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency says one burn barrel can produce as much air pollution as a modern incinerator burning 400,000 pounds of garbage. Trash burning releases toxic chemicals like dioxins, arsenic, and lead into the air. Those chemicals can cause asthma, lead to thyroid problems, and increase the risk of cancer. Trash burning is legal in most rural parts of the state. David Sommerstein spoke with Chris Neurath, publisher of burnbarrel.org. He's helping to organize the Tour de Burn Barrel bike ride.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Warns Against Burning

St. Lawrence County is asking its residents not to burn grass or trash outside until conditions get wetter. Almost 30 fires burned out of control in just two days in the county. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Open Burning Issue Smolders at Farmers' Conference

Last week in Syracuse farmers touted their environmental stewardship at the annual conference of the New York State Agricultural Society. Farmers presented new ways to build barns, reduce pesticides, and manage manure to control runoff into streams and creeks. In a session on what farmers need to do to become better environmental stewards, a state Assemblyman brought up an uncomfortable issue in the agriculture industry: the open burning of plastics and other garbage. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Two Perspectives on Open Burning

David Sommerstein talks at length with Assemblyman David Koon and the New York Farm Bureau's Patrick Hooker about the issue of open burning in the agricultural community.  Go to full article

Burn Barrel Campaign Fires Up Debate

A new multi-state initiative to reduce air pollution from burn barrels and other forms of trash burning is receiving mixed reviews in New York. Last week the Department of Environmental Conservation joined with 7 Northeast states and the U.S. EPA to work to stop backyard burning. As David Sommerstein reports, the announcement has rekindled the volatile issue of a statewide burn ban.  Go to full article

DEC Launches Burn Barrel Campaign

State environmental officials are renewing attention to the health and environmental dangers of burning trash outdoors. The Department of Environmental Conservation has joined with 7 northeast states and the EPA in a campaign to reduce backyard burning. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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