SENATE BILL 6409
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators Bauer and Barr
Read first time 01/29/92. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Water Resources.
AN ACT Relating to outdoor burning; and amending RCW 70.94.743.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 70.94.743 and 1991 c 199 s 402 are each amended to read as follows:
Consistent with the policy of the state to reduce outdoor burning to the
greatest extent ((
practical)) that will significantly improve air
for subsection (3) of this section, outdoor burning shall not be allowed in
any area of the state where federal or state ambient air quality standards ((
exceeded for pollutants emitted by outdoor)) for particulates were
violated for more than one day during the preceding twelve months. A day in
which the standards were exceeded due to sources other than outdoor burning
shall not be counted as a violation for the purpose of prohibiting burning.
Outdoor burning shall ((
not be allowed)) be limited in both time and
location through regulation by the local government in any urban growth
area as defined by RCW 36.70A.030, or any city of the state having a population
greater than ten thousand people (( if such cities are threatened to exceed
state or federal air quality standards, and)) where alternative
disposal practices consistent with good solid waste management (( are
reasonably available)) or practices eliminating production of organic
refuse are (( reasonably)) available at reasonable cost. (( In
no event shall such burning be allowed after December 31, 2000.))
(2) "Outdoor burning" means the combustion of material of any type in an open fire or in an outdoor container without providing for the control of combustion or the control of emissions from the combustion.
(3) This section shall not apply to: (a) Silvicultural burning used to improve or maintain fire dependent ecosystems for rare plants or animals within state, federal, and private natural area preserves, natural resource conservation areas, parks, and other wildlife areas or (b) burning of noxious weeds, trees and branches felled by a windstorm that is confirmed by an official weather station, or diseased or pest-infested plant material.