Cannabis Burning Rule Amendments

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District (District) is proposing the amendment of Rule 301, Nonagricultural Burning Smoke Management; Rule 302, Agricultural Waste Burning Smoke Management; and Rule 305, Residential Allowable Burning.

Each Rule is amended to add a definition for “Cannabis” and “Marijuana” and adds language to allow the District to prohibit or restrict by permit the open burning of waste from growing or processing of cannabis. Rule 301 authorizes the District to prohibit cannabis burning or to require additional burn permit conditions. Cannabis that is a fire hazard may be burned by a public officer with a District permit. Rule 302, which applies to commercial agricultural operations prohibits cannabis burning, but does not prohibit the open burning, with a District burn permit, of waste from the growing of industrial hemp. Rule 305, applicable to residential (non-commercial) cannabis growing or processing, prohibits all cannabis waste burning, including the burning of industrial hemp waste.

In addition, Rule 305 is amended to allow the use of burn barrels to burn dry paper or cardboard in an area exempted from the State Airborne Toxics Control Measure for outdoor residential waste burning.  The Iowa Hill sub-area of Placer County is the only area currently exempted.

A public hearing to consider the adoption of the proposed amended Rules will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Placer County Air Pollution Control District Board, beginning at 2:30 PM, at the Auburn City Council Chambers, 1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, California. Any interested person may attend this meeting and provide comment.

Copies of the proposed amended Rules and the staff report may be reviewed at the District Office at 110 Maple Street, Auburn, California, 95603, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, and copies will be provided upon request, or may be downloaded from the District webpage: http://www.placerair.org. Inquiries and written public comment are invited and may be directed to Bruce Springsteen at bsprings@placer.ca.gov and (530) 745-2337.  Written comments should be mailed to above address or e-mailed by July 20, 2018.


Public Notice

Draft Staff Report

Proposed Rule 301 Amendments

Proposed Rule 302 Amendments

Proposed Rule 305 Amendments