Possible changes to Idaho's field-burning regulations still are up in the air after an advisory panel of farmers, health advocates and regulators agreed today that some weekend burning could be considered, but couldn't reach a consensus on whether to allow more burning when ozone pollution levels are high. Patti Gora-McRavin of Safe Air For Everyone said, “It's a life and death issue for us. It is the line in the sand.” You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.
Based on the advisory group's discussions, both today and in an all-day meeting last month, Idaho DEQ Air Quality Division Administrator Martin Bauer will make a recommendation to DEQ Director Curt Fransen, who will decide in late May whether to launch a negotiated rule-making process to make changes in Idaho's field-burning rules.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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