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Burn ban begins May 1

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By Tracy Harris

Open burning is prohibited in Oldham County from May 1 through Sept. 30 due to being designated by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency as “non-attainment” air quality for ozone and particulate matter because pollution levels have exceeded those permitted by the Clean Air Act.

All questions concerning open burning should be addressed to the state Division of Air Quality at 1-888-BURN LAW or at www.air.ky.gov.

Violating state air quality regulations could result in a fine of up to $25,000 per day.

From May through September, the only open burning activities allowed are:

• Fires set for cooking food for human consumption;

• Fires set for the prevention of a fire hazard; 

• Fires set for recognizable agricultural, silvicultural or wildlife management practices;

• Fires set for disposing accidental spills of crude oil, petroleum products or other organic materials if given permission by fiscal court;

• Fires set for recreational or ceremonial purposes.

The complete ordinance can be found at www.oldhamcountyky.gov (PDF file).