PLACER COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 203 - EXCEPTIONS TO RULE 202
(Adopted 05-24-77; Revised 04-21-81, 10-19-93)

  1. For the Sacramento Valley Air Basin and Mountain Counties Air Basin portions of the Placer County Air Pollution Control District:
    1. Fires set by a public officer pursuant to RULE 320.
    2. Agricultural burning for which a permit has been granted pursuant to RULE 315.
    3. Fires set or permitted by any public officer in the performance of his official duty for the improvement of watershed range or pasture.
    4. Open outdoor fires used for recreational purposes or for cooking of food for human consumption.
    5. Use of any aircraft to distribute aids over lands devoted to the growing of crops, or the raising of fowl or animals.
    6. The use of orchard or citrus grove heaters which are in compliance with the requirements of RULE 208.
    7. Agricultural operations necessary for the growing of crops, or raising of fowl or animals.
    8. The use of other equipment in agricultural operations necessary for the growing of crops, or the raising of fowl or animals.
    9. Fires set pursuant to a permit issued by the Air Pollution Control Officer or a designated agency.
    10. The use of visible emission generating equipment in training sessions conducted by government agencies necessary for certifying persons to evaluate visible emissions for compliance with Section 41701 or applicable District Rules and Regulations.
    11. Smoke emissions from tepee burners operating in compliance with Section 4438 of the Public Resources Code during the disposal of forestry and agricultural residues or forestry and agricultural residues with supplementary fossil fuels when such emissions result from the startup or shutdown of the combustion process or from the malfunction of emission control equipment. This subsection shall not apply to emissions which exceed a period or periods of time aggregating more than 30 minutes in any 24-hour period. This subsection shall not apply to emissions which result from the failure to operate and maintain in good working order any emission control equipment.
    12. Smoke emissions from burners fired with forestry and agricultural residues or forestry and agricultural residues with supplementary fossil fuels when such emissions result from the startup or shutdown of the combustion process or from the malfunction of emission control equipment. This subsection shall not apply to emissions which exceed a period or periods of time aggregating more than 30 minutes in any 24-hour period. This subsection shall not apply to emissions which result from the failure to operate and maintain in good working order any emission control equipment.
  2. For the Lake Tahoe Air Basin portion of the Placer County Air Pollution Control District:
    1. Smoke from fires set or permitted by any public fire officer, if such fire is set by or permission given in the performance of the official duty of such officer, and such fire in the opinion of such officer is necessary:
      1. For the purpose of the prevention of a fire (or health hazard as determined by the Health Officer), which cannot be abated by any other means, or
      2. The instruction of public employees and/or volunteer firemen in the methods of fighting fires.
    2. Smoke from fires set pursuant to permit on property used for industrial purposes for the purpose of instruction of employees in methods of fighting fires.
    3. Open outdoor fires used for recreational purposes or for cooking of food for human consumption.
    4. The use of an experimental device, system or method to study or research open burning authorized by Section 41707 and 41805 (B) of the Health and Safety Code and these Rules and Regulations.
    5. Use of aircraft to distribute seed, fertilizer, insecticides, or other agriculture aids over lands devoted to the growing of crops, or the raising of fowl or animals.
    6. The governing board of the district may by rule provide for the issuance by the Air Pollution Control Officer of permits for open burning. The provisions of RULE 202 do not apply to smoke from fires set pursuant to such permit.