Lufkin City Council approves first step in creating a new outdoor burning ordinance
POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 11:14am
Lufkin, Texas — In an apparent compromise, the Lufkin City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the first reading of a measure that would establish a new outdoor burning ordinance within the city limits, but with some exceptions.
The ordinance as originally proposed would have established regulations consistent with state regulations that prohibit burning domestic waste, household garbage, trash or rubbish, including yard trimmings, leaves and similar materials, in any form; materials for which a recycling facility or program is available within the city; metals and other noncombustible materials; plastics, rubber, tires, carpet and related backing; and any materials having combustible products that are hazardous, such as asbestos, plastics, flooring materials, waste oils, solvents, paints, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, potentially explosive materials and other similar products.
After a public hearing in which several residents who own large tracts of land spoke out against the proposal, council members voted to add an exception to allow burning of debris generated on the property, such as leaves, brush, grass and branch trimmings.
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