Ministry of EnvironmentThanks to a communication from Glen Okrainetz (Manager, Clean Air Section Environmental Standards Branch, Ministry of Environment) we’re aware of an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation.

The Ministry of Environment is in the process of revising the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR). The OBSCR regulates most open burning of vegetative debris in BC.

Following extensive consultations, including intentions papers in 2008 and 2010 and engagement with a stakeholder review group through 2011-13, the ministry has updated proposed revisions to the regulation.

The proposed revisions are intended to:

  1. Improve air quality in populated areas
  2.  Simplify burning requirements in remote areas
  3. Support enforcement
  4. Encourage use of cleaner technologies
  5. Provide flexibility for community wildfire protection

An information update describing the proposed approach is now posted on the ministry’s open burning regulatory review website and available for public comment until July 21, 2016.

The ministry plans to conduct a series of webinars on the proposed revisions, including a general overview webinar and information targeted to municipal, agriculture and forestry interests. If you are interested in participating in one of these webinars, please contact the email or mail addresses below.

If you have any questions or comments about the ministry’s proposed revisions, please submit them by e-mail or mail to the addresses below by July 21, 2016.

Email:   OBSCR@gov.bc.ca
Mail:     PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO, Victoria B.C. V9B 6K8

All comments received through the webinars, mail or email will be compiled and reviewed by ministry staff prior to final drafting of the revised regulation. The ministry intends to complete revisions to the regulation in 2016.