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Ohio EPA Drafts Rules To Allow Air Curtain Burners

Ohio EPA has drafted rules that would establish requirements allowing the use of air curtain burners for open burning of land clearing wastes.

A public hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus in conference room A.  All visitors are required to submit a photo I.D. The hearing will conclude after all have had an opportunity to testify regarding this action.

The rules would allow air curtain burning boxes to be used in Ohio as a stationary source in unrestricted areas for the purpose of burning land clearing wastes after obtaining valid permits to install and operate. Air curtain burners are engineered with a blower and manifold that creates a curtain of air over the manufactured box to control burning of land wastes that have been loaded inside.

The rules also would define a portable fan typically set up in emergency situations called an air curtain destructor, which helps materials burn faster and more efficiently.  The equipment can take an 80 ton load of waste material and reduce it to 6 inches of ash in about 8 hours, allowing more efficient cleanup of debris from an emergency such as a destructive storm.

For more information about the draft rules visit Ohio EPA’s website, or contact Paul Braun at (614) 644-3734, or email paul.braun@epa.ohio.gov, or mail to the attention of Paul Braun, Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

Public comments are due by the close of business July 12.  All comments received by that date will be considered before Ohio EPA takes final action on the rules package.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.


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