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Air Quality Program

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Applicants must use Best Management Practices to complete their application to burn.

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Agricultural burning is allowed when it is reasonably necessary to carry out the business. A farmer can show burning is reasonably necessary when it meets the criteria of the BMPs and no practical alternative exists. BMPs are one of the ways to demonstrate the need to burn. Growers not using BMPs must establish that their proposed burn is reasonably necessary and that no practical alternative is available. The burden of proof is on the grower and the demonstration must satisfy Ecology or the local delegated permitting authority, if there is one.

Current BMP Information

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