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Date:
January 2, 2018 - February 7, 2018
Time:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Details:
Public Comment Period: January 2, 2018 to February 7, 2018 ::: Public Hearing: Febraury 8, 2018 at 12:30PM with oral comment being accepted at the hearing
Location:
Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA)
Address:
1010 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Contact:
541-736-1056
ADA:
Yes
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Public encouraged to submit written comment or attend the February 8, 2018 hearing on proposed revisions to LRAPA's Title 47 Outdoor Burning

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The public is encouraged to submit written comment or attend the February 8, 2018 hearing on proposed updates to LRAPA’s Title 47: Outdoor Burning rule. The LRAPA outdoor burning rules in Title 47 of the LRAPA Rules and Regulations were recently revised and updated. Action was not taken on one issue regarding further restrictions on outdoor burning in the Eugene Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), pending further conversations with the Lane County Board of Commissioners and others. LRAPA staff has drafted a redline-strikeout version with these five alternatives for the purpose of seeking public comments on them. The attached redline-strikeout version also includes a few minor housekeeping changes noted in the staff review of the rule revisions adopted by the LRAPA Board on October 12, 2017. A public hearing will be held on February 8, 2018 which would also allow further review by the LRAPA Citizens Advisory Committee at the January 30, 2018 meeting.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) rely upon local air quality stakeholders in developing key aspects of air quality plans to assure that community needs are met. Feedback from the public is a crucial part of plan development.

The LRAPA outdoor burning rules in Title 47 of the LRAPA Rules and Regulations were recently revised and updated. Action was not taken on one issue regarding further restrictions on outdoor burning in the Eugene Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), pending further conversations with the Lane County Board of Commissioners and others.

LRAPA staff has drafted a redline-strikeout version with these five alternatives for the purpose of seeking public comments on them. The available redline-strikeout version also includes a few minor housekeeping changes noted in the staff review of the rule revisions adopted by the LRAPA Board on October 12, 2017. A public hearing will be held on February 8, 2018 which would also allow further review by the LRAPA Citizens Advisory Committee at the January 30, 2018 meeting.

There are at least five alternatives for addressing outdoor burning within the Eugene UGB:

  1. No further action, continuing to allow outdoor burning on 0.5 acre properties at some times within the Eugene UGB. This would continue to allow burning on up to 312 properties.
  2. Requiring minimum property size of 1.0 acres for outdoor burning in the Eugene UGB. This would reduce the number of potentially-burning properties to 82, or 26% of 312.
  3. Requiring minimum property size of 3.0 acres for outdoor burning in the Eugene UGB. This would reduce the number of potentially-burning properties to 15, or 5% of the current 312, all of which would be in the southern portion of the Eugene UGB which typically has steeper slopes, and eliminating outdoor burning in the northern portion of the Eugene UGB.
  4. Requiring minimum property size of 5.0 acres for outdoor burning in the Eugene UGB. This would reduce the number of potentially-burning properties to 10, or 3% of the current 312, all of which would be in the southern portion of the Eugene UGB which typically has steeper slopes.
  5. Ban all outdoor burning within the Eugene UGB, as proposed in August 2017, consistent with the current prohibition within the Eugene city limits.

Who is affected?              Anyone wishing to conduct outdoor burning in Lane County.

PUBLIC HEARING

LOCATION:     LRAPA Meeting Room
1010 Main Street
Springfield, Oregon 97477
DATE: Thursday, February 8, 2018
TIME:              12:30 P.M.


A hearing on the proposed adoption and rulemaking will be held at 12:30 P.M. February 8, 2018, in the LRAPA Conference Room. The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule amendments. Comments submitted prior to the hearing date must be submitted in writing and must be received by LRAPA by Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 5 P.M. Comments submitted at the hearing must be presented orally by the commenter. If LRAPA Board adopts this rulemaking, the plan and rules will be presented to the Environmental Quality Commission and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To submit comments or request additional information, please contact Robbye Lanier at LRAPA, 1010 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477, toll free in Oregon at 877-285-7272 or 541-736-1056 extension 214, email at robbye@lrapa.org. Fax 541-726-1205. To view the proposed rule changes online, visit:  http://www.lrapa.org.