Field Burning

SB 528
After years of work, I was happy to pass SB 528 at the end of the session. This legislation will improve air quality and help protect thousands of people in the Willamette Valley from the health impacts from exposure to field burning smoke. Field burning in the Southern Willamette Valley will be reduced by half in 2009 and eliminated in 2010. A compromise allowing FB Oil Canvas15,000 acres of burning for identified species and steep terrain areas, mostly in Marion County, was necessary to address the economic arguments of farmers and to garner the votes needed to pass the bill. The bill remains a major accomplishment in balancing the interests of all Oregonians and was only possible with the help of many other legislators, the medical community and other constituents and advocates.