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Fact Sheet on EPA's Interim Air Quality Policy on Wildland and Prescribed Fires
|Signed by: Unsigned
Air Quality Strategies and Standards Division (OAQPS)
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Prescribed burning Wildland Fire
This fact sheet announces the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) interim policy for addressing public health and welfare impacts caused by wildland and prescribed fires that are managed to achieve resource benefits. Ambient air quality worse than the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for PM2.5 and PM10 is used as the principal indicator of public health impacts. Visibility impairment is used as the principal indicator of public welfare impacts. This policy complements the Natural Events Policy which was issued May 30, 1996, to address public health impacts caused by wildfires (which are unwanted wildland fires). This is an interim policy for two reasons. First, the Agency is expecting recommendations on how to treat air quality impacts from agricultural burning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Air Quality Task Force. Second, until the final rules for implementing EPA's Regional Haze Program are promulgated, it is not possible to formulate final policy with r espect to the impact of wildland and prescribed fires on regional haze.