Open Burning (New Mexico)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||New Mexico|
|Name||Open Burning (New Mexico)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas|
|Program Administrator||New Mexico Environment Department|
The New Mexico Environment Department's Air Quality Bureau regulates the open burning rules established by the Environmental Improvement Board. These rules are established to protect public health and welfare by establishing controls on pollution produced by open burning. Open burning is allowed for recreational and ceremonial purposes, for barbecuing, for heating purposes in fireplaces, for the noncommercial cooking of food for human consumption and for warming by small wood fires at construction sites. This rule does not apply to open burning for the purpose of waste disposal. Open burning of natural gas is allowed at gasoline plant and compressor stations and when used or produced in drilling, completion and work over operations on oil and gas wells, when necessary to avoid serious hazard to safety. Open burning of hazardous waste2 is allowed only when conducted in compliance with interim status regulations, or a permit issued, pursuant to the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act and any other permits issued by the department.
The regulation applies statewide, except in Bernalillo County and on Tribal and Pueblo Lands (where NMED does not have authority over air quality).
|Contact Name||Allan Morris|
|Department||New Mexico Environment Department|
|Division||Air Quality Bureau|
|Address||1301 Siler Road|
|Address 2||Building B|
|Place||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Environmental Improvement Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 74-1-1 to -15, including specifically Subsections 74-1-8(A) (4) and (7)|
|Authority 2:||Air Quality Control Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 74-2-1 to -22, including specifically Subsections 74-2-5(A), (B) and (C).|