Recreational Burning Changes Proposed
Proving once again that nothing simple can ever be easy, the Mount Pocono Planning Commission has sent a watered-down version of a proposed amendment to the current burning ordinance which is not likely to please anyone. But first, they want the Council; to put it on the website and solicit commentary from the public. Something that wasn't done for the short term rental ordinance, nor for the backyard chicken ordinance that the Planning Commission recommended Council adopt, nor for anything else they've done.
Since the "official" website gets about 1% (that's not hyperbole, either) of the traffic The Boro* gets, we figured we would help them out. So here is how your new burn ordinance would look under this proposal. (New stuff is boldfaced. non-boldfaced material is from the 2012 ordinance):
A. All burning is strictly prohibited in the Borough of Mount Pocono unless specifically permitted herein. For purposes of this Ordinance "Burning", is defined as combustion by fire of any natural or manmade materials.
B. Permitted Burning – the following constitutes the only permitted burning within the Borough of Mount Pocono:
(1) Outdoor Fire for Cooking Purposes. All such fires shall be contained within a structure such as a grill, and shall be tended at all times. Such fires shall burn charcoal, propane, or other materials designed specifically for outdoor cooking purposes. Such fires will be extinguished promptly after cooking.
(2) Recreational fires. All such fires, consisting only of natural or "clean" wood fuel sources, shall be confined to portable non-combustible containers (e.g. chimineas, hearths) covered with a spark arrestor, or approved permanent outdoor brick or stone fire pits covered with a spark arrestor. Such fires shall be tended to at all times, and where they will be extinguished promptly after all recreational activity has been completed.
a) Hours of recreation fires are limited to Monday through Friday, 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9:00 P.M.
C. All such permitted fires shall burn no closer than twenty-five (25) feet from any lot line, and where permitted recreational fires shall burn no closer than twenty-five (25) feet from any structure.
D. Under no circumstances shall it be permitted to burn unlawful or other fuel sources not listed above. These prohibited fuel sources include (but are not limited to) leaves, yard clippings, trade waste, construction debris, rubber, plastic, garbage, offal, refuse, furniture, treated/painted lumber, or other materials.
E. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit or encourage the burning of any substance determined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States Environmental Protection Agency to be a hazardous substance; nor shall any fire be permitted to burn by any persons if such burning is in violation of the Air Pollution Control Act or other legislation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the United States of America or any of their legislative agencies.
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