NO BURN PERMITS – New Guidelines
It has recently come to light that Collin County is in a non-attainment area. A non-attainment area is an area that does not meet federal air quality standards because pollutant levels are too high.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has generally prohibited outdoor burning with few exceptions. These exceptions can be found in the TCEQ Outdoor Burning Rules which have been designed to protect the environment and promote public health and safety. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 111.209 (1), (2), (3), (4)(A),(6), (7) provide the laws pertaining to outdoor burning exceptions and can be found at the TCEQ website. (http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/publications/rg/rg-049.html)
The City of Lowry Crossing will no longer be issuing burn permits. You will need to refer to the TCEQ guidelines for the few exceptions and follow all rules carefully.
The TCEQ does not issue burning permits. If your situation fits all requirements for one of the exceptions described in the rule, you may conduct outdoor burning, as long as you comply with all the conditions. Depending on the circumstances, you may also need approval from the appropriate regional TCEQ office before you burn.
The authority to conduct outdoor burning does not exempt or excuse any person of the responsible from the consequences, damages, or injuries resulting from outdoor burning.
To report someone who is illegally burning contact the TCEQ Region 4 office at 817-588-5800. The TCEQ’S environmental hotline may also be used at 888-777-3186.