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Getting people to stop burning trash

State environment officials say a revised ban on open burning will be made public "in the very near future." Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Laurie Severino says the first draft of the ban received thousands of public comments. She says "pretty significant changes" have been made in the new version. The burn ban targets the widespread rural practice of burning garbage outside, especially in backyard burn barrels. The low temperature burn of a burn barrel releases toxic pollution and an acrid smell. Some rural communities are already trying to change their trash disposal habits. Todd Melby reports.  Go to full article

Residents rail against burn barrels

Backyard burn barrels full of trash are the nation's number one source of dioxin, which causes cancer. One burn barrel creates more pollution than a commercial incinerator. That's the main reason the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to ban them. The DEC also says burn barrels and other forms of open burning are a hazard for wildfires. The DEC is holding public hearings around the state on its sweeping open burning ban. Last night in Watertown, in often emotional testimony, most residents said it was about time. 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

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

St. Lawrence Co. on Burn Barrels: Educate, Not Regulate

St. Lawrence County plans to use education, not a ban, to stop people from burning their trash. Members of the county Services Committee voted yesterday to table a draft law that would have banned the use of burn barrels in the county. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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