|Idaho Div. of Environmental Quality, Coeur d'Alene. ;Coeur d'Alene Tribe, St. Maries, ID. ;Nez Perce Tribe, Lapwai, ID. ;Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Bonners Ferry.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
The purpose of this document is to provide technical guidance for the Meteorological Services, and State and Tribal Field Coordinators to manage smoke from the burning of crop residue in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) developed the guidance in collaboration with and is endorsed by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, and growers. This effort is congruent with Section 22-4801, Idaho Code, which 'encourages the Idaho department of agriculture and the Idaho department of environmental quality to cooperate with local communities and the agricultural community in order to establish smoke management and crop residue burning programs.' The guidance outlines procedures that apply to post-harvest residue burning in the late summer and fall (July-October). During this time of year, the crop types burned and potential smoke impacts require implementation of a more rigorous smoke management program. During other times of the year, while field burning still falls under the same rules and regulations, less rigorous procedures are required. Burn approval is granted on a case-by-case basis using readily available tools such as the National Weather Service forecast services.