California Approves Agriculture Burn Ban in San Joaquin Valley

Feb. 26, 2021, 12:45 AM

Large-scale agricultural burning in California’s most productive region will come to an end after state air regulators voted Thursday to support a phase-out of all but a small percentage of the fires by 2025.

The ban in the San Joaquin Valley is needed to protect public health and help the state meet federal air standards, California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey said.

About 600,000 tons of agricultural matter is burned each year in the Valley, accounting for more than a third of the state’s total. The burning is seen as an efficient way to remove pests and cuttings...

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