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Title: National environmental policy act disclosure of air quality impacts for prescribed fire projects in national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region

Author: Ahuja, Suraj; Perrot, Laurie;

Date: 2008

Source: In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 193-200

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: A key purpose of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is to “promote efforts
which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the
health and welfare of man” (NEPA, Sec 2). The Council on Environmental Quality states “the
NEPA process is intended to help public officials make decisions that are based on
understanding of the environmental consequences, and take actions that protect, restore, and
enhance the environment” (40 CFR Part 1500.1(c)). Smoke from prescribed fire affects air
quality and has the potential to impact human health and quality of life. Public concern about
the air quality impacts associated with prescribed burning has led to an increasing need to
disclose these effects in environmental documents prepared under NEPA. Prescribed fire
projects are subject to NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500 -1508). Smoke from prescribed fires
must meet Federal, State, and local air quality regulations. Environmental planning for
prescribed fire activities must include careful consideration of air quality impacts and
requirements. This paper describes information that should be considered to ensure that
prescribed fire projects meet the requirements of NEPA.

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Ahuja, Suraj; Perrot, Laurie. 2008. National environmental policy act disclosure of air quality impacts for prescribed fire projects in national forests in the Pacific Southwest Region. In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 193-200

 


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