Nuisance Smoke

Smoke is referred to as nuisance smoke when it interferes with the rights, privileges or activities of the public. Although nuisance smoke is not directly addressed by federal standards, it may be addressed by some state and local authorities. As such, nuisance smoke may be a consideration in the issuance of burn permits and authorizations depending upon the area in question. Many times nuisance smoke can be of greater concern to managers than meeting federal air quality standards. Only a few complaints due to nuisance smoke can shut down a burn. Additionally, nuisance smoke can cause health risks if it settles along transportation corridors or sensitive areas.


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