Anyone with a permit from the local fire warden can legally burn household waste
Anyone with a permit from the local fire warden can legally burn household waste in Maine, and a neighbor can refuse to extinguish a fire. Andy Smith of the Maine Department of Human Services estimates there might be 10,000 burn barrels across the state, and a single household's burn barrel, used for a year, is equivalent in air pollution terms to burning 20 tank truck loads of oil. Backyard barrel burning has become so popular that it's causing an alarming increase in air pollution and nuisance smoke. A conference last week in Augusta discussed several options on how to cope with the impact of burn barrels.
Austin, Phyllis, "Anyone with a permit from the local fire warden can legally burn household waste" (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 2085.
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