October 2009. New York State DEC bans all open burning of trash.
Nov. 9, 2008 - CBS News 60 Minutes: Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Wastes America's discarded computers, TVs, cell phones and other electronic waste often end up in China. There, it is high-graded for a few metals and other materials in primitive "recycling" operations. Mountains of unwanted plastic cases and PVC wire insulation are burned to gain access to the metals. 60 Minutes found horrible air and water pollution, including high dioxin levels from the burning of PVC plastic:
March 7, 2005 - New York Times story: In a Debate Over Trash Burning, It's Rural Tradition vs. Health.
North Country Public Radio has had more than 20 stories featuring burn barrels in the past three years. Search for "burn barrel" at NCPR radio website search engine. All require Real Player to hear.
Feb. 2, 2005 - Chinook Observer (Washington State) Burning trash releases toxic pollution.
Jan. 16, 2005 - The Sunday Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) story: Concern as Scots farms escape ban on burning waste. England to ban farm burning of waste but Scotland allows exemption. May violate European Union law.
June 2004 - New Mexico Env. Dept.: New Mexico bans all open burning of trash.
April 2004 - New York Daily News reports Soldiers in Iraq burning trash in barrels; ailments possibly linked with DU (depleted uranium).
May 10, 2004 - NCPR story: Tour de Burn Barrel visits Albany includes comments from NY Farm Bureau.
March 2004 - Associated Press story on New York State Legislature public hearing on burn barrels.
March 2004 - Oneonta (NY) Daily-Star story on New York State Legislature public hearing on burn barrels.
March 2004 - Corvallis (Oregon) Gazette-Times story Spring is in the air, and so are dioxins. Describes the common practice of open trash burning in rural Oregon.
July 15, 2003 - NCPR story: Sen. Meier comments on bill in New York State Senate. Go to minute 7:30 - 10:10 for this part of interview.
June 14, 2002 - NCPR story: Sen. Wright comments on bill in NYS Senate.
Aug. 20, 2003 - Watertown Daily Times story: County Farm Bureau will hear opinions on proposal to ban open burning of trash.
Aug. 19, 2003 - Watertown Daily Times story: Ban on burning considered again.
June 14, 2002 - North Country Public Radio story on NY Burn Barrel Ban Bill
June 6, 2002 - Not in Your Backyard "Danger: Burning refuse on your property may be hazardous to your health" Metroland weekly paper for Albany, NY. Interviews with environmentalists, NY Senators, farmers and NY Farm Bureau.
May 21, 2002 - New York DEC cites open burning prohibition for village of Waddington, NY
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