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    Author(s): Suraj Ahuja; Laurie Perrot
    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)
    PDF: View PDF  (269.15 KB)

    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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    Citation

    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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