Q. I know it’s legal to burn yard waste outside the city limits. I live in Kings Grant and have multiple neighbors who do so regularly and the smoke inundates my yard and often permeates my house. Are there any rules that protect me from having to deal with this?
A. “Burning of vegetative debris/yard waste is permitted to occur on the property of which it originates in the unincorporated areas of New Hanover County with a valid burning permit from the N.C. Forest Service,” county spokesman Charles Smith said. “This excludes trash, construction materials, etc.”
Smith suggests checking for the neighbors’ valid permits or submitting a petition to the N.C. Division of Air Quality.
Smith said that anyone who has a documented health concern and is living in an area prone to outdoor burning may petition the Division of Air Quality for relief.
“Upon their investigative determination, it is possible to have area noted with ‘known health hazards’ – which would prevent this type of outdoor burning,” Smith said.
For more information on this process, contact the N.C. Division of Air Quality Wilmington Regional Office at 796-7215.
Date posted: December 5, 2012
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