Spring-cleaning season has arrived, and for many Kentuckians that means burning unwanted debris. But before you light that burn pile, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) reminds you to “learn before you burn.” Many people may not realize that burning garbage is illegal in Kentucky and could result in fines of up to $25,000 per day per violation.
“Garbage doesn’t just disappear when it is burned,” said DAQ Director Sean Alteri. “Burning garbage emits dangerous pollutants into the atmosphere that are harmful to public health.” Dioxins, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde and heavy metals are just some of the toxic substances found in smoke from backyard burning of garbage, Alteri added. Continue reading “Division for Air Quality Urges Kentuckians to ‘Learn Before You Burn’”