SECTION 502 – OUTDOOR BURNING
This section establishes a program to implement the limited burning policy authorized by sections of the Washington Clean Air Act (chapter 70.94 RCW as referenced in NWCAA 104.1) pertaining to outdoor burning.
(A) This section specifically applies to:
(1) Residential burning.
(2) Land clearing burning.
(3) Recreational fires.
(4) Indian ceremonial fires.
(5) Weed abatement fires.
(6) Firefighting instruction fires.
(7) Rare and endangered plant regeneration fires.
(8) Storm or flood debris burning.
(9) Tumbleweed burning.
(10) Other outdoor burning.
(B) This section does not apply to:
(1) Agricultural burning (which is governed by chapter 173-430 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1);
(2) Any outdoor burning on lands within the exterior boundaries of Indian reservations (unless provided for by intergovernmental agreements); and
(3) Silvicultural burning (which is governed by chapter 332-24 WAC, the Washington state smoke management plan, and various laws including chapter 70.94 RCW as referenced in NWCAA 104.1).
Unless a different meaning is clearly required by context, words and phrases used in this section shall have the following meanings:
Fires regulated under chapter 173-430 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, including, but not limited to, any incidental agricultural burning or agricultural burning for pest or disease control.
AIR POLLUTION EPISODE
A period when a forecast, alert, warning, or emergency air pollution stage is declared, as stated in chapter 173-435 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1.
All material manufactured for or resulting from the construction, renovation, or demolition of buildings, roads, and other man-made structures.
FIREFIGHTING INSTRUCTION FIRES
Fires for instruction in methods of firefighting, including, but not limited to, training to fight structural fires, aircraft crash rescue fires, and forest fires.
Bare, untreated wood used as fuel in a solid fuel burning device, Indian ceremonial fire, or recreational fire.
IMPAIRED AIR QUALITY
A first or second stage impaired air quality condition declared by Ecology or the NWCAA in accordance with WAC 173-433-140 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1.
INDIAN CEREMONIAL FIRE
Fires necessary for Native American ceremonies (i.e., conducted by and for Native Americans) if part of a religious ritual.
LAND CLEARING BURNING
Outdoor burning of trees, stumps, shrubbery or other natural vegetation from land clearing projects (i.e., projects that clear the land surface so it can be developed, used for a different purpose, or left unused).
Unprocessed plant material from herbs, shrubbery, and trees, including grass, weeds, leaves, clippings, prunings, brush, branches, roots, stumps, and trunk wood.
A clearly delineated geographic area designated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 40 CFR Part 81 as exceeding (or that contributes to ambient air quality in a nearby area that exceeds) a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for a given criteria pollutant. An area is nonattainment only for the pollutants for which the area has been designated nonattainment.
Unincorporated areas within a county that are not designated as an urban growth area.
For purposes of outdoor burning, an emission of smoke or any other air contaminant from an outdoor fire that unreasonably interferes with the use and enjoyment of the property upon which it is deposited.
OTHER OUTDOOR BURNING
Outdoor burning other than residential burning, land clearing burning, storm or flood debris burning, tumbleweed burning, weed abatement fires, firefighting instruction fires, rare and endangered plant regeneration fire, Indian ceremonial fires, and recreational fires. It includes, but is not limited to, any outdoor burning necessary to protect public health and safety.
The combustion of any material in an open fire or in an outdoor container without providing for the control of combustion or the control of emissions from the combustion. Outdoor burning means all types of outdoor burning except agricultural burning, burning on lands within the exterior boundaries of Indian reservations (unless provided for by intergovernmental agreements), and silvicultural burning.
The agency responsible for issuing permits for a particular type of outdoor burning (including adopting a general permit) and/or enforcing all requirements of this section unless another agency agrees to be responsible for certain enforcement activities in accordance with WAC 173-425-060(1)(a) and (6) as referenced in NWCAA 104.1.
POLLUTANTS EMITTED BY OUTDOOR BURNING
Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, lead, and various volatile organic compounds and toxic substances.
RARE AND ENDANGERED PLANT REGENERATION FIRES
Fires necessary to promote the regeneration of rare and endangered plants found within natural area preserves as identified in chapter 79.70 RCW.
A method for disposing of organic refuse (such as natural vegetation) that is available, reasonably economical, and less harmful to the environment than burning, including, but not limited to, waste reduction, recycling, energy recovery or incineration, and landfill disposal.
Cooking fires, campfires, and bonfires using charcoal or firewood that occur in designated areas or on private property for cooking, pleasure, or ceremonial purposes. Fires used for debris disposal purposes are not considered recreational fires.
The outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by a responsible person.
Any of the following:
(1) Any person who has applied for and received a permit for outdoor burning, or
(2) Any person allowing, igniting or attending to an outdoor fire, or
(3) Any person who owns or controls property on which an outdoor fire occurs.
Fires relating to the following activities for the protection of life or property and/or the public health, safety, and welfare:
(1) Abating a forest fire hazard;
(2) Prevention of a forest fire hazard;
(3) Instruction of public officials in methods of forest firefighting;
(4) Any silvicultural operation to improve the forest lands of the state; and
(5) Silvicultural burning used to improve or maintain fire-dependent ecosystems for rare plants or animals within the state, federal, and private natural area preserves, natural resource conservation areas, parks, and other wildlife areas.
STORM OR FLOOD DEBRIS BURNING
Fires consisting of natural vegetation deposited on lands by storms or floods that have occurred in the previous two years and resulted in an emergency being declared or proclaimed in the area by the city, county, or state government and burned on such lands by a responsible person.
Outdoor burning to dispose of dry plants (typically Russian Thistle and Tumbleweed Mustard plants) that have been broken off and rolled about by the wind.
URBAN GROWTH AREA
Land, generally including and associated with an incorporated city, designated by a county for urban growth under RCW 36.70A.030.
WEED ABATEMENT FIRES
Outdoor burning to dispose of weeds that is not regulated under chapter 173-430 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, the Agricultural Burning rule.
502.4 PROHIBITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLYING TO ALL OUTDOOR BURNING.
The following general requirements apply to all outdoor burning regulated by this section, including any outdoor burning allowed without a permit, unless a specific exception is stated in this section. A fire protection agency, county, or conservation district may enforce its own controls that are stricter than those set forth in this section.
(A) No person may cause or allow an outdoor fire in an area where the type of burning involved is prohibited under NWCAA 502.6, or where it requires a permit under NWCAA 502.5(B), unless a permit has been issued and is in effect.
(B) PROHIBITED MATERIALS.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any outdoor fire containing garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, paper (other than what is necessary to start a fire), cardboard, treated wood, construction/demolition debris, metal or any substance (other than natural vegetation) that normally releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or obnoxious odors when burned except as follows:
(1) Aircraft crash rescue training fires approved and conducted in compliance with RCW 70.94.6528 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 may contain uncontaminated petroleum products.
(2) Ecology or the NWCAA may allow the limited burning of prohibited materials for other firefighting instruction fires, including those that are exempt from permits under NWCAA 502.5(B)(6).
(3) Other outdoor burning necessary to protect public health and safety.
(C) HAULED MATERIAL.
(1) No outdoor fire may contain material (other than firewood) that has been hauled from an area where outdoor burning of the material is prohibited.
(2) Any outdoor burning of material hauled from areas where outdoor burning of the material is allowed requires an appropriate permit. Any property used for this purpose on an on-going basis must be:
(a) Limited to the types of burning listed in WAC 173-351-200(5)(b) as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 (criteria for municipal solid waste landfills), and
(b) Approved in accordance with other laws, including chapter 173-304 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 (minimum functional standards for solid waste handling) and chapter 173-400 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 (general regulations for air pollution sources).
(D) CURTAILMENTS. During episodes or periods of impaired air quality, a responsible person for the fire must contact the permitting agency and/or any other designated source for information on the burning conditions for each day.
(1) No outdoor fire shall be ignited in a geographical area where:
(a) Ecology has declared an air pollution episode;
(b) Ecology or the NWCAA has declared an impaired air quality condition for the county; or
(c) The appropriate fire protection authority has declared a fire danger burn ban, unless the NWCAA grants an exception.
(2) A responsible person for an outdoor fire shall extinguish the fire when an air pollution episode, an impaired air quality condition, or fire danger burn ban that applies to the burning is declared.
(a) Smoke visible from all types of outdoor burning, except land clearing burning, after a time period of three hours has elapsed from the time an air pollution episode, impaired air quality condition, or fire danger burn ban is declared shall constitute prima facie evidence of unlawful outdoor burning.
(b) Smoke visible from land clearing burning after a time period of eight hours has elapsed from the time an air pollution episode, impaired air quality condition, or fire danger burn ban is declared shall constitute prima facie evidence of unlawful outdoor burning.
(E) UNLAWFUL OUTDOOR BURNING/NUISANCE. It is unlawful for any person to cause or allow outdoor burning that causes an emission of smoke or any other air contaminant that is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, that causes damage to property or business, or that causes a nuisance.
(F) BURNING IN OUTDOOR CONTAINERS. Outdoor containers (such as burn barrels and other wood waste incinerators not regulated under NWCAA Section 458, used for outdoor burning, must be constructed of concrete or masonry with a completely enclosed combustion chamber and equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings not larger than 0.5 inch, and they may only be used in compliance with this section.
(G) OTHER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.
(1) A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
(2) No fires are to be within 50 feet of structures.
(3) Permission from a landowner or owner’s designated representative must be obtained before starting an outdoor fire.
502.5 OUTDOOR BURNING PERMIT PROGRAM/REQUIREMENTS
(A) PERMIT PROGRAM.
(1) The NWCAA may consult with fire protection authorities, conservation districts, or counties to determine if any of these agencies are capable and willing to serve as the permitting agency and/or enforcing agency for particular types of burning.
(2) The NWCAA may enter into agreements with any capable agencies to identify the permitting agencies and enforcing agencies for each type of burning and determine the type of permit appropriate for each where a permit is required.
(3) Permitting agencies may use a verbal, electronic, written, or general permit established by rule for any type of outdoor burning that requires a permit.
(4) A written permit should be used, where feasible, for land clearing burning, storm or flood debris burning in areas where residential burning and land clearing burning are prohibited under NWCAA 502.6(A), (B), or (C), and other outdoor burning (except any other outdoor burning necessary to protect public health and safety).
(5) Any person having an outstanding penalty obligation to the NWCAA as a result of a violation of Section 502, except under appeal to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) or other judicial body, shall be denied additional outdoor burning permits until the remaining balance is paid.
(B) TYPES OF BURNING THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT. Except as otherwise stated, a permit is required for the following types of outdoor burning:
(1) Residential burning (except in nonurban areas of any county with an unincorporated population of less than 50,000);
(2) Land clearing burning;
(3) Storm or flood debris burning;
(4) Tumbleweed burning (except in counties with a population of less than 250,000;
(5) Weed abatement fires;
(6) Firefighting instruction fires for training to fight structural fires in urban growth areas and cities with a population over 10,000, and all other firefighting instruction fires, except:
(a) Firefighting instruction fires for training to fight structural fires as provided in RCW 52.12.150;
(b) Aircraft crash rescue fires as provided in RCW 70.94.650(5) as referenced in NWCAA 104.1; and
(c) Forest fires;
(7) Rare and endangered plant regeneration fires;
(8) Indian ceremonial fires (except on lands within the exterior boundaries of Indian reservations unless provided for by intergovernmental agreement);
(9) Recreational fires with a total fuel area greater than three feet in diameter and/or two feet in height (except in the nonurban areas of counties with an unincorporated population of less than 50,000); and
(10) Other outdoor burning if specifically authorized by the NWCAA.
The fee for outdoor burning permits shall be as established in NWCAA 324.10. The amount of the fee will not exceed the level necessary to recover the costs of administering and enforcing a permit program.
(D) REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL BURNING.
The following conditions apply to all residential burning allowed without a permit under NWCAA 502.5(B)(1) or allowed under a general, verbal, written, or electronic permit. Persons unable to meet these requirements and the requirements in NWCAA 502.4 must apply for and receive a written permit before burning. Failure to comply with all applicable requirements voids any applicable permit.
(1) A responsible person for the fire must contact the permitting agency and/or any other designated source for information on the burning conditions of each day.
(2) A fire may not be ignited, and must be extinguished, if an air pollution episode, impaired air quality condition, or fire danger burn ban that applies to the burning, is declared for the area.
(3) The fire must not include prohibited materials as listed in NWCAA 502.4(B).
(4) The fire must not include materials hauled from another property.
(5) If any emission from the fire is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, if it causes damage to property or business, or if it causes a nuisance, the fire must be extinguished immediately.
(6) A person capable of extinguishing the fire must attend it at all times and the fire must be extinguished before leaving it.
(7) No fires are to be within 50 feet of structures.
(8) Permission from a landowner, or owner’s designated representative, must be obtained before starting an outdoor fire.
(9) Any burn pile must not be larger than four feet in diameter and three feet high.
(10) Only one pile at a time may be burned, and each pile must be extinguished before lighting another.
(11) If an outdoor container is used for burning, it must be constructed of concrete or masonry with a completely enclosed combustion chamber and equipped with a permanently attached spark arrester constructed of iron, heavy wire mesh, or other noncombustible material with openings not larger than 0.5 inch.
(12) No fire is allowed within 500 feet of forest slash.
(E) FIELD RESPONSE AND ENFORCEMENT
(1) Any agency that issues permits, or adopts a general permit for any type of burning in an area, is responsible for field response to outdoor burning complaints and enforcement of all permit conditions and requirements unless another agency has agreed to be responsible.
(2) Except for enforcing Section 502.4(E)(1)(d), the NWCAA will be responsible for enforcing any requirements that apply to burning that are prohibited or exempt from permits in areas of its jurisdiction, unless another agency agrees to be responsible.
(3) Permitting agencies and enforcing agencies may require that corrective action be taken, and may assess penalties to the extent allowed if they discover noncompliance.
502.6 AREAS AND TYPES OF PROHIBITED OUTDOOR BURNING.
(A) NONATTAINMENT AREAS.
Residential burning and land clearing burning shall not occur in any areas that exceed federal or state ambient air quality standards for pollutants emitted by outdoor burning. These areas are limited to all nonattainment areas and former nonattainment areas for carbon monoxide, particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and lead.
(B) URBAN GROWTH AREAS.
No person shall cause or allow residential burning and land clearing burning in any urban growth areas.
(C) CITIES OVER 10,000 POPULATION.
Residential burning and land clearing burning shall not occur in any cities having a population greater than 10,000 people. Cities having this population must be identified by using the most current population estimates available for each city.
(D) HIGH DENSITY AREAS.
Land clearing burning shall not occur in any area having a general population density of 1,000 or more persons per square mile. All areas having this density must be identified by using the most current population data available for each census block group and dividing by the land area of the block group in square miles.
(E) AREAS WITH A REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE TO BURNING.
Residential burning, land clearing burning, storm or flood debris burning, tumbleweed burning, weed abatement fires and other outdoor burning of organic refuse shall not occur in any area, including the areas identified in subsections 502.6(A) through 502.6(D), when a reasonable alternative for that type of burning is found to exist in the area for that type of burning. A reasonable alternative for a particular type of burning exists when the alternative is available and reasonably economical and less harmful to the environment as defined in WAC 173-425-040(5) as referenced in NWCAA 104.1.
(F) No person shall cause or allow outdoor burning at permanently-located business establishments excluding land clearing operations.
PASSED: January 8, 1969
AMENDED: June 14, 2001, July 10, 2003, July 14, 2005, November 8, 2007, September 11, 2014
This Section establishes fees and controls for agricultural burning in the NWCAA jurisdiction in order to minimize adverse health effects and environmental impacts, consistent with best management practices and the responsibilities of the NWCAA under chapter 173-430 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, RCW 70.94.6528 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, 70.94.6532 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, and 70.94.6524 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1. All agricultural burning as defined in chapter 173-430 WAC as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of that chapter.
This Section applies to agricultural burning in all areas of the NWCAA jurisdiction unless specifically exempted. Nothing in Section 504 shall apply to silvicultural burning or other outdoor burning. Propane flaming for the purpose of vegetative debris removal is considered agricultural burning.
All agricultural burning, except for agricultural burning that is incidental to commercial agricultural activities, requires a permit and payment of a fee issued by the NWCAA.
In accordance with RCW 70.94.6528 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1, the NWCAA shall assess a fee for all agricultural burning permits as specified in NWCAA 324.9.
PASSED: February 14, 1973
AMENDED: August 9, 1978, June 7, 1990, May 9, 1996, May 14, 1998, November 12, 1998, November 8, 2007, September 11, 2014
SOLID FUEL BURNING DEVICES
This Section establishes emission standards, certification standards and procedures, burn ban rules, and fuel restrictions for solid fuel burning devices in order to maintain compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM2.5 and to further the policy of the NWCAA as stated in Section 102 of this Regulation.
All terms not defined herein shall have the meaning given them in WAC 173-433-030 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 and NWCAA Section 200.
ADEQUATE SOURCE OF HEAT
A permanently installed furnace or heating system, connected or disconnected from its energy source, designed to maintain 70°F at a point 3 feet above the floor in all normally inhabited areas of a residence or commercial establishment. If any part of the heating system has been disconnected, damaged, or is otherwise nonfunctional, NWCAA will base the assessment of the adequacy of the design on the system’s capability prior to the disconnection, damage, improper maintenance, malfunction, or occurrence that rendered the system nonfunctional.
Meeting at least one of the following:
(1) Has been determined by Ecology to meet Washington emission performance standards pursuant to RCW 70.94.457 and WAC 173-433-100 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1;
(2) Meets EPA emission performance standards when tested by an accredited independent laboratory and labeled according to procedures specified by EPA in 40 CFR 60 Subpart AAA as referenced in NWCAA 104.2; or
(3) Was manufactured prior to 1989 and meets the “Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Phase 2” emissions standards contained in Subsections (2) and (3) of Section 340-21-115, and certified in accordance with “Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 340, Division 21 – Woodstove Certification” dated November 1984.
An enclosed, coal-burning appliance capable of and intended for residential space heating, domestic water heating, or indoor cooking, which has all the following characteristics:
(1) An opening for loading coal which is located near the top or side of the appliance;
(2) An opening for emptying ash which is located near the bottom or the side of the appliance;
(3) A system which admits air primarily up and through the fuel bed;
(4) A grate or other similar device for shaking or disturbing the fuel bed;
(5) Listing by a nationally recognized safety testing laboratory for use of coal only, except for coal ignition purposes; and
(6) Not configured or capable of burning cordwood.
An establishment possessing a valid business license issued by a governmental entity.
A wood-fired appliance designed with the primary function of cooking food, which has all of the following characteristics:
(1) An integrally built-in oven with volume of 1 cubic foot or greater and an oven rack;
(2) A cooking surface measured in square inches or square feet that is 1.5 times greater than the firebox measured in cubic inches or cubic feet (e.g., a firebox of 2 cubic feet would require a cooking surface of at least 3 square feet);
(3) A device for measuring oven internal temperatures;
(4) A flame path that is routed around the oven;
(5) A shaker grate ash pan and an ash cleanout below the firebox;
(6) A portion of at least four sides of the oven must be exposed to the flame path during the oven heating cycle, while a flue gas bypass will be permitted for temperature control.
Any device with a fan or heat channels used to dissipate heat into the room is not considered a cookstove. Devices designed or advertised as room heaters that also bake or cook do not qualify as cookstoves.
A permanently-installed masonry fireplace or a factory-built metal solid fuel burning device designed to be used with an air-to-fuel ratio equal to or greater than 35 to 1 and without features to control the inlet air-to-fuel ratio other than doors or windows such as may be incorporated into the fireplace design for reasons of safety, building code requirements, or aesthetics.
NON-AFFECTED PELLET STOVE
A pellet stove that has an air-to-fuel ratio equal to or greater than 35 to 1 when tested by an accredited laboratory in accordance with methods and procedures specified in EPA Method 28A in 40 CFR 60 Appendix A as referenced in NWCAA 104.2.
Untreated wood or untreated lumber of any species that has been sufficiently dried so as to contain 20 percent or less moisture by weight. It includes manufactured pressed wood products such as pellets and logs.
SOLID FUEL BURNING DEVICE
A device that burns wood, coal, or any other non-gaseous or non-liquid fuels, and includes any device burning any solid fuel except those prohibited by WAC 173-433-120 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1. This includes, but is not limited to, woodstoves, coal stoves, cookstoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces, and wood-burning hydronic heaters. This also includes devices used for aesthetic or space-heating purposes in a private residence or commercial establishment, which have a heat input of less than 1 million British thermal units per hour.
Any alteration or restoration of a building the cost of which exceeds 60 percent of the appraised value of such building within a 12-month period.
Wood of any species that has been chemically impregnated, painted, or similarly modified to improve resistance to insects, weathering or deterioration.
A wood-fueled appliance, other than a cookstove, capable of and intended for residential space heating and domestic water heating that meets the criteria contained in 40 CFR 60 Subpart AAA as referenced in NWCAA 104.2 and has all of the following:
(1) An air-to-fuel ratio in the combustion chamber averaging less than 35 to 1 as determined by EPA Method 28A in 40 CFR 60 Appendix A as referenced in NWCAA 104.2;
(2) A useable firebox volume of less than 20 cubic feet;
(3) A minimum burn rate less than 5 kg/hr as determined by EPA Method 28 in 40 CFR 60 Appendix A as referenced in NWCAA 104.2; and
(4) A maximum weight of 800 kg, excluding fixtures and devices that are normally sold separately, such as flue pipe, chimney, and masonry components not integral to the appliance.
Any combination of parts, typically consisting of but not limited to, doors, legs, flue pipe collars, brackets, bolts and other hardware, when manufactured for the purpose of being assembled, with or without additional owner-supplied parts, into a woodstove, is considered a woodstove.
506.3 EMISSION PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
(A) Solid Fuel Burning Devices. Except as provided in Sections 506.3(B) and (C), a person shall not advertise to sell, offer to sell, sell, bargain, exchange, or give away any solid fuel burning device unless it complies with WAC 173-433-100 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1 which includes meeting the following particulate air contaminant emission standards:
(1) 2.5 g/hr for catalytic woodstoves and
(2) 4.5 g/hr for all other solid fuel burning devices.
(B) Fireplaces. Except as provided in NWCAA 506.3(C), a person shall not advertise to sell, offer to sell, sell, bargain, exchange, or give away a factory-built fireplace unless it meets 40 CFR 60 Subpart AAA as referenced in NWCAA 104.2 or equivalent standard that may be established by the state building code council by rule. Particulate emissions from factory-built fireplaces shall not exceed 7.3 g/kg.
(C) Solid fuel burning devices which have been rendered permanently inoperable are exempt from NWCAA 506.3(A) and (B).
506.4 INSTALLATION OF SOLID FUEL BURNING DEVICES
(A) No new or used solid fuel burning device shall be installed in new or existing buildings unless such device meets Washington state emission performance standards in WAC 173-433-100 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1. Any solid fuel burning device not meeting the applicable standards at the time of installation must be removed or rendered permanently inoperable.
(B) An adequate source of heat other than a solid fuel burning device is required in all new and substantially remodeled residential and commercial construction. The rule shall apply to:
(1) Areas designated by a county to be an urban growth area under chapter 36.70A RCW and
(2) Areas designated by the EPA as being in nonattainment for particulate matter.
506.5 OPACITY STANDARDS
(A) Opacity level. Any person shall not cause or allow emission of a smoke plume from any solid fuel burning device to exceed an average of 20 percent opacity for 6 consecutive minutes in any 1-hour period. This limit does not apply during the starting of a new fire for a period not to exceed 20 minutes in any 4-hour period.
(B) Test methods and procedures. EPA Method 9 or EPA Alternative Method 082 will be used to determine compliance with this Section.
(C) Enforcement. Smoke visible from a chimney, flue or exhaust duct in excess of the opacity standard shall constitute prima facie evidence of unlawful operation of an applicable solid fuel burning device. This presumption may be refuted by demonstration that the smoke was not caused by an applicable solid fuel burning device.
506.6 FUEL TYPES
(A) A person shall cause or allow only the following materials to be burned in a solid fuel burning device:
(1) Seasoned wood,
(2) An amount of paper necessary for starting a fire, and
(3) Coal with sulfur content less than 1.0% by weight burned in a coal stove.
(B) All other materials are prohibited from being burned in a solid fuel burning device, including, but not limited to: garbage, treated pallets, treated lumber, fencing, treated wood, plastic and plastic products, rubber products, animal carcasses, asphaltic products, waste petroleum products, paints and chemicals, paper (other than an amount necessary to start a fire), or any substance that emits dense smoke or obnoxious odors when burned.
506.7 AIR QUALITY BURN BANS
(A) Stage 1 Burn Ban
No person shall operate a solid fuel burning device located in a geographic area for which NWCAA has called a Stage 1 Burn Ban unless the solid fuel burning device is certified or a non-affected pellet stove except as provided in NWCAA 506.8.
(1) A Stage 1 Burn Ban may be called when forecasted meteorological conditions are predicted to cause PM2.5 levels to reach or exceed 35 micrograms per cubic meter, measured on a 24-hour average, within 48 hours, except for areas of PM2.5 nonattainment or areas at risk for PM2.5 nonattainment.
(2) For a county containing PM2.5 nonattainment areas or areas at risk for PM2.5 nonattainment, and, when feasible, only for the necessary portions of the county, a Stage 1 Burn Ban may be called when forecasted meteorological conditions are predicted to cause PM2.5 levels to reach or exceed 30 micrograms per cubic meter, measured on a 24-hour average, within 72 hours.
(B) Stage 2 Burn Ban
No person shall operate a solid fuel burning device located in a geographic area for which NWCAA has called a Stage 2 Burn Ban except as provided in NWCAA 506.8.
(1) A Stage 2 Burn Ban may be called when:
(a) A Stage 1 Burn Ban is already in effect and has not reduced the trend of rising PM2.5 levels adequately;
(b) The 24-hour average of PM2.5 levels have already reached or exceeded 25 micrograms per cubic meter; and
(c) Forecasted meteorological conditions are not expected to allow levels of PM2.5 to decline below 25 micrograms per cubic meter for a period of 24 hours or more from the time that PM2.5 is measured at the trigger level.
(2) A Stage 2 Burn Ban may be called without first calling a Stage 1 Burn Ban only when all of the following occur:
(a) PM2.5 levels have reached or exceeded 25 micrograms per cubic meter, measured on a 24-hour average;
(b) Meteorological conditions have caused PM2.5 levels to rise rapidly;
(c) Meteorological conditions are predicted to cause PM2.5 levels to exceed 35 micrograms per cubic meter, measured on a 24-hour average, within 24 hours; and
(d) Meteorological conditions are highly likely to prevent sufficient dispersion of PM2.5.
(3) For a county containing PM2.5 nonattainment areas or areas at risk for PM2.5 nonattainment and, when feasible, only the necessary portions of the county, a Stage 2 Burn Ban may be called without first calling a Stage 1 Burn Ban only when NWCAA 506.7(B)(2)(a), (b), and (d) have been met and meteorological conditions are predicted to cause PM2.5 levels to reach or exceed 30 micrograms per cubic meter, measured on a 24-hour average, within 24 hours.
(C) Air Pollution Episode Declared by Ecology
No person shall operate a solid fuel burning device located in a geographic area for which Ecology has declared an alert, warning, or emergency air pollution episode pursuant to WAC 173-433-150(3), chapter 173-435 WAC, and RCW 70.94.715 as referenced in NWCAA 104.1.
(D) Upon declaration and for the duration of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Burn Ban or an air pollution episode, new solid fuel shall be withheld from any solid fuel burning device that is restricted from operating under NWCAA 506.7(A), (B), and (C).
(E) Smoke visible from a chimney, flue, or exhaust duct after 3 hours has elapsed from the time of declaration of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Burn Ban or an air pollution episode shall constitute prima facie evidence of unlawful operation of a solid fuel burning device if that solid fuel burning device is restricted from operating under NWCAA 506.7(A), (B), and (C). This presumption may be refuted by demonstration that the smoke was not caused by a restricted solid fuel burning device.
(A) The provisions of NWCAA 506.7 do not apply to any person who possesses a valid exemption approved by NWCAA. NWCAA may issue exemptions to any person who demonstrates any of the following to the satisfaction of NWCAA:
(1) One-Time 10-Day Temporary Exemption
NWCAA may issue one-time 10-day temporary solid fuel burning device exemptions if persons making such requests indicate they qualify for an exemption under NWCAA 506.8(A)(2), (3), or (4) and provide all of the information below. Unless required otherwise by NWCAA, such exemption requests may be taken via telephone.
(a) Full name,
(b) Mailing address,
(c) Telephone number,
(d) The exemption under NWCAA 506.8(A)(2), (3), or (4) for which the applicant believes they qualify,
(e) Physical address where the exemption applies,
(f) Description of the habitable space for which the exemption is being requested,
(g) A statement that the applicant has not previously requested such an exemption for the same physical address. Exceptions may be allowed for unrelated breakdowns of the primary heat source, and
(h) A statement that all of the information provided is accurate.
(2) Low Income
NWCAA may issue written low income exemptions. The applicant must demonstrate an economic need to burn solid fuel for residential space heating purposes by qualifying under the low income energy assistance program (LIEAP) pursuant to economic guidelines established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
(3) Temporary Breakdown of Primary Heat Source
NWCAA may issue written exemptions for a residence or commercial establishment if all of the following apply:
(a) A person in a residence or commercial establishment does not have an adequate source of heat without using a solid fuel burning device.
(b) The applicant demonstrates that the primary heating system, other than a solid fuel burning device, is temporarily inoperable for reasons other than the applicant’s own actions. When applying for this exemption, the applicant must submit a compliance schedule for bringing the primary heating system, other than a solid fuel burning device, back into operation to be used as the primary heating source. Unless otherwise approved by NWCAA, exemptions will be limited to 30 calendar days.
A person’s income level is not a determining factor in the approval or denial of an exemption under this provision. Exemptions based on income level are addressed in NWCAA 506.8(A)(2).
(4) No Adequate Source of Heat
NWCAA may issue written exemptions for a residence if both of the following apply:
(a) The residence was constructed prior to July 1, 1992 and
(b) A person in the residence does not have an adequate source of heat without using a solid fuel burning device.
A person’s income level is not a determining factor in the approval or denial of an exemption under this provision. Exemptions based on income level are addressed in NWCAA 506.8(A)(2).
(B) Exemption Duration and Renewals
Unless otherwise specified, written exemptions will expire June 30th of each year. Exemptions in NWCAA 506.8(A)(2), (3), and (4) may be renewed by NWCAA, provided the applicant meets the applicable requirements at the time of exemption renewal. For renewals under NWCAA 506.8(A)(2), the applicant must demonstrate the low income status is met each time application is made. Exemption requests may be denied by NWCAA, regardless of the applicant’s exemption history.
(C) Residential and Commercial Exemption Limitations
Except for commercial establishments qualifying under NWCAA 506.8(A)(3), exemptions are limited to residences. Exemptions are limited to normally inhabited areas of a residence, which includes areas used for living, sleeping, cooking, and eating. Exemptions will not be issued for attached and detached garages, shops, and outbuildings. For commercial establishments, exemptions will be limited to areas identified in the exemption.
PASSED: July 14, 2005
AMENDED: November 8, 2007, October 8, 2015, August 11, 2016
It shall be unlawful for any person to burn any refuse in any incinerator within the jurisdiction of the NWCAA except in an approved multiple chamber incinerator or an equivalent design as defined in Section 200 and provided with an emission control facility, or in equipment found by the Control Officer, in advance of such use, to be equally effective for the purpose of air pollution control.
AMENDED: April 14, 1993
REFUSE BURNING EQUIPMENT: TIME RESTRICTION
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or permit the operation of refuse burning equipment at any time other than daylight hours of the same day, except with the approval of the Control Officer.
Approval of the Control Officer for the operation of such equipment may be granted upon the submission of a written request stating:
511.21 The full name and address of the applicant; and
511.22 The location of the refuse burning equipment; and
511.23 A brief description of the refuse burning equipment and its control apparatus; and
511.24 Good cause for the issuance of such approval; and
511.25 The hours, other than daylight hours, during which the applicant seeks to operate the equipment; and
511.26 The length of time for which the exception is sought.
PASSED: January 8, 1969
AMENDED: April 14, 1993
SULFUR COMPOUNDS IN FUEL
It shall be unlawful for any person to burn, sell, or make available for sale for burning in fuel burning equipment, or refuse burning equipment, within the jurisdiction of the NWCAA, any fuel containing a weight of sulfur in excess of that allowed by Subsection 520.11, 520.12, 520.13, 520.14 and 520.15.
Distillate fuel oil classified as Grade No. 1 (ASTM designation: D396-69) shall contain three tenths percent (0.3%) or less sulfur by weight.
Distillate fuel oil classified as Grade No. 2 (ASTM Designation: D396-69) shall contain five-tenths percent (0.5%) or less sulfur by weight.
All other grades or kinds of fuel oil intended for use in fuel oil burning equipment including ASTM Designation: D396-69 Grades No. 4, 5, and 6 shall contain two percent (2.0%) or less sulfur by weight.
Gaseous fuel shall contain 50 grains (412 ppm @ standard conditions) or less sulfur per 100 standard cubic feet except that this subsection shall not apply to those sources subject to Section 460.
Solid fuel (such as, but not limited to, coal, coke, and refuse) shall contain two percent (2.0%) or less sulfur by weight.
520.2 This section does not apply to:
a. Ocean going vessels;
b. Used oil burned in space heaters that have a maximum heat input of less than 0.4 million BTU/hr; and
c. Persons in the business of collecting used oil from residences authorized by a city, county, or the Utilities and Transportation Commission.
AMENDED: April 14, 1993, May 11, 1995, May 9, 1996
No person shall discharge from any source quantities of air contaminants, with the exception of odors as addressed in Section 535, in sufficient amounts and of such characteristics and duration as is likely to be injurious or cause damage to human health, plant or animal life, or property; or which unreasonably interferes with enjoyment of life and property.
PASSED: December 4, 1970
AMENDED: April 14, 1993, March 13, 1997, March 9, 2000
ODOR CONTROL MEASURES
Appropriate practices and control equipment shall be installed and operated to reduce odor-bearing gasses emitted into the atmosphere to a reasonable minimum.
The Board or Control Officer may establish requirements that the building or equipment be enclosed and ventilated in such a way that odor-bearing gasses are effectively treated for removal or destruction of odorous matter or other air contaminants before emission to the atmosphere.
Any person who shall cause or allow the generation of any odor from any source which may unreasonably interfere with any other property owner’s use and enjoyment of his or her property must use recognized best practices and control equipment to reduce these odors to a reasonable minimum.
Odor emissions detrimental to persons or property. No person shall cause or permit the emission of any odorous air contaminant from any source if it is detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of any person, or causes damage to property or business.
PASSED: January 8, 1969
AMENDED: April 14, 1993, March 13, 1997, March 9, 2000
EMISSION OF AIR CONTAMINANT: CONCEALMENT AND MASKING
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully cause or permit the installation or use of any device or use of any means which, without resulting in a reduction in the total amount of air contaminant emitted, conceals an emission of air contaminant which would otherwise violate the emission standards of this Regulation.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or permit the installation or use of any device or use of any means designed to mask the emission of an air contaminant which causes detriment to health, safety, or welfare of any person.
PASSED: January 8, 1969