Seasonal Burning Ban To Begin May 1

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau is reminding Hamilton County residents that beginning May 1 seasonal burning restrictions will take effect and continue through September 30.  During this period no burning—commercial or residential—will be allowed in Hamilton County.

Burn permits should be obtained from the Air Pollution Control Bureau prior to April 30.  To obtain a permit application, residents may:

• request one by phone at 423-643-5970
• download one at

apcb.org">www.apcb.org
• pick one up at the Bureau at 6125 Preservation Drive, Ste. 140

Residents will be charged a processing fee to help cover the expenses of the program.  Burning sites within city limits have a $50 fee and require an inspection prior to receiving a permit.  This inspection will be completed by the Bureau Investigator and can take up to a week to be completed. Burning sites outside of city limits have a $5 fee and usually do not require an inspection.

Recreational fires are allowed during the restriction period.  A recreational fire is a cooking or campfire, using charcoal or clean, untreated firewood.  These can occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes.

“We realize that seasonal burning restrictions cause a level of inconvenience for our community,” said Bob Colby, director of the Air Pollution Control Bureau.  “However, enacting the restrictions during the five hottest months of the year—when both ozone and fine particles are at high levels—gives us a real air quality advantage.  It also encourages people to look into alternatives to burning, like chipping or composting.”

Burning leaves, brush, and other vegetation creates smoke resulting in a number of hazardous air pollutants.  In addition to increasing pollution levels, exposure to these pollutants can result in health effects ranging from allergies to cancer.  Burning restrictions are proven methods of controlling air quality.  Residents and companies are encouraged to use alternative methods to burning, like chipping, composting and recycling. 

In addition to seasonal burning restrictions, several other control measures have been implemented in Hamilton County, including vehicle emissions testing, lowering the highway speed limit for diesel trucks, vapor recovery from fuel tankers and a community awareness program, Pollution Solution, which alerts the community on days when air quality is forecast to have negative health effects.
 
For more information about how you or your organization can become part of the Pollution Solution, visit the Bureau’s website at www.apcb.org or contact Amber Boles, public relations coordinator, at 423-643-5970 or boles_amber@chattanooga.gov.


World-Class Highliner Takes Sport To New Heights In Chattanooga

Local world-class highliner Edward Yates will rig lines of great heights on the Tennessee Aquarium peaks and then walk across them as a unique feature of RiverRocks 2014. “I have always loved the Tennessee Aquarium and this has been a dream of mine for my life,” said Mr. Yates. “There has never been an urban highline event like this before. The symmetry of the Aquarium’s ... (click for more)

Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Park Is Nov. 1

The Barnard Astronomical Society is conducting Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, Nov. 1. The event  is hosted by Friends of the Park and Cloudland Canyon Park Staff. The first part of the program will be at the Canyon overlook, near the Interpretative Center, beginning at 4 p.m., where there will be at least 1 telescope for solar observations. ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Man Airlifted To Erlanger After Early Morning Crash In Bradley County

Bradley County EMS responded to an early morning crash Thursday at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston. Three ambulances and an EMS supervisor responded to the scene. There were three vehicles involved and one car left the roadway.   One adult man suffered serious injuries and it was determined that he needed ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

One sunny morning in June years ago, the renowned radio icon Luther Masingill was on his way back to the WDEF studios on South Broad Street when he stopped for a red light and noticed a young couple in a car idling next to his familiar light blue Ford pickup. “What caught my eye was a buck-toothed boy eating a banana in the back seat,” he explained in an aside to that day’s lunchtime ... (click for more)