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South Carolina State Implementation Plan

                    SOUTH CAROLINA 
         DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
               AIR POLLUTION CONTROL REGULATIONS
                     REGULATION NUMBER 62.2
                  PROHIBITION OF OPEN BURNING


Open burning is prohibited except as provided below:

A. Open burning of leaves, tree branches or yard trimmings
originating on the premises of private residences, and burned on
those premises.

B. Open burning in connection with the preparation of food for
immediate consumption.

C. Campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes or
ceremonial occasions, or human warmth.

D. Fires purposely set to forest lands for specific management
practices in accordance with guidelines acceptable to the
Department and as administered by the South Carolina Forestry
Commission.  Such  Management practices shall include:

          1. Prescribed burning under existing  standards for various
     management objectives; and

          2. Site preparation burning for purposes of clearing an area
     for regeneration.

E.  Fires purposely set for agricultural control of diseases,
weeds, pests, and for other specific agricultural purposes in
accordance with practices acceptable to the Department of Health
and Environmental Control.

F. Open burning of trees, brush, grass and other vegetable matter
for game management purposes in accordance with practices
acceptable to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

G. Open burning in areas other than predominantly residential for
the purpose of land clearing or right-of-way maintenance.  This
will be exempt only if the following conditions are met:

          1.  The location of the burning must be a sufficient distance
     but not less than 1000 feet, from public roadways and all
     residential, commercial, and industrial sites not a part of
     the contiguous property on which the burning is conducted.

          2.  Winds during the time of the burning must be away from any
     area in which the ambient air may be significantly affected by
     smoke form the burning if that area contains a public roadway
     or a residential, commercial, or industrial site.

          3.  The amount of dirt on the material being burned must be
     minimized;

          4. No heavy oils, asphaltic materials, items containing
     natural or synthetic rubber, or any materials other than plant
     growth may be burned;

          5. The initial burning must be started only between the hours
     of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; no combustible material may be
     added to the fire between 3:00 p.m. of one day and 9:00 a.m.
     the following day;

          6. No more than two piles 30' x 30' or equivalent may be
     burned within a six-acre area at one time;

          7. In the case of land clearing, all salvageable timber and
     pulpwood must be removed; and

H. Fires set for the purposes of training public fire-fighting
personnel when authorized by the appropriate governmental entity,
and fires set by a private industry as a part of an organized
program of drills for the training of fire-fighting personnel. 
These will be exempt only if the drills are solely for the purpose
of fire-fighting training and duration of the burning is held to
the minimum required for such purposes.  Prior approval is required
only for sites which are not established training sites.
 
I.  Open burning of household trash on the premises of and
originating from private residences where services for the disposal
of such materials are not available.  The location of such burning
must be at least 500 feet from any inhabited building.

J.  Open burning on the property where it occurs of construction
waste from building and construction operations will be exempt only
if the following conditions are met:

          1. The location of the burning is at least five hundred (500)
     feet from any occupied structure other than a dwelling or
     structure located on the property on which the burning is
     conducted;

          2. Heavy oils, asphaltic materials, items containing natural
     or synthetic rubber, or any other trade waste which produce
     amounts of smoke in excess of forty (40) percent opacity are
     not burned; and

          3. The burning is conducted only between the hours of 9:00
     a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

K. Open burning, in remote or specified areas:

          1. Of trade waste provided the burning is conducted in
     accordance with Paragraph G of this regulation.  Such burning
     must be of a non-recurring nature.

          2. For non-recurring unusual circumstances.

          3. For experimental burning for purposes of data gathering and
     research.

However, prior approval for these types of burning (in sub-
paragraph J above) must be obtained from the Department.

Open burning may be conducted in certain situations if no
undesirable levels are or will be created.  The authority to
conduct open burning under this Regulation does not exempt or
excuse the person responsible for the burning from the consequences
or the damages or injuries resulting from the burning and does not
exempt or excuse anyone from complying with other applicable laws
and with ordinances, regulations, and orders of governmental
entities having jurisdiction, even though the burning is otherwise
conducted in compliance with this Regulation.  

The Department reserves the right to impose other or different
restrictions and exemptions on open burning in addition to those
enumerated below, whenever in the judgment of the Department such
as necessary to realize the purpose of this Regulation.
     
A written report or warning to a person of a violation at one site
shall be considered adequate notice of the Regulation and
subsequent observed violations at the same or different site will
result in appropriate legal action.





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THIS IS THE FEDERALLY APPROVED REGULATION AS OF OCTOBER 3, 1989

               Date Submitted     Date Approved     Federal
               to EPA             by EPA            Register

Original Reg:  JAN 21, 1972       MAY 31, 1972      37 FR 10842
1st Revision:  DEC 20, 1978       JAN 29, 1980      45 FR 6572
2nd Revision:  MAY 05, 1983       OCT 31, 1983      48 FR 50078   
3rd Revision:  JUN 05, 1985       OCT 03, 1989      54 FR 40660


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