Household Trash Burning Ban Still Undecided

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
can with items to burn

54 Georgia counties will be under burning restrictions starting Saturday, May 1. (April 27, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

A ban on burning household waste in Michigan has not been settled.
State regulators adopted a rule last year that was supposed to start on April 1. But then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm didn't sign it before leaving office, and current Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't made a decision.
Brad Wurfel, a spokesman at the Department of Environmental Quality, said Monday that "it's far from a done deal." He says there's also legislation to stop the new policy.
Most states prohibit the burning of trash. Michigan has exempted household waste from that ban for about 30 years, but officials last year laid out plans to end the practice.
Flames or sparks from burn barrels can start wildfires, and some neighbors complain of smoke and smells from burning trash.


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