(a)  General

(1)           There shall be no open burning by any person of trade waste, vegetation, refuse, or debris in any form.

(2)           The use of incinerators for the disposal of any form of solid or liquid waste shall be prohibited.

(3)           All places of employment described below shall immediately cease operations:

(A)          mining and quarrying of nonmetallic minerals;

(B)          all manufacturing establishments except those required to have in force an air pollution emergency plan;

(C)          all construction work involving grading or other operations which generate dust;

(D)          all wholesale and retail establishments except pharmacies and stores primarily engaged in the sale of food;

(E)           all commercial and manufacturing establishments, automobile repair services and garages, laundries, barbershops, beauty shops and motion picture theaters; and

(F)           elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and professional schools.

(4)           The use of motor vehicles is prohibited except in emergencies with the approval of local or state police.

(b)  Source Curtailment.  Any person responsible for the operation of a source of air pollution shall take all required control actions for the emergency level that are listed below:

(1)           Operators of coal or oil fired electric power generating facilities shall:

(A)          use fuels having lowest ash and sulfur content,

(B)          perform boiler lancing or soot blowing between 12‑noon to 4:00 p.m.,

(C)          divert electric power generating to facilities outside of emergency area;

(2)           Operators of coal or oil fired process steam generating facilities shall:

(A)          reduce heat and steam demands to that absolutely necessary to prevent equipment damage,

(B)          perform boiler lancing and soot blowing between 12‑noon and 4:00 p.m.,

(C)          take the action called for in the abatement plan;

(3)           Operators of manufacturing industries of the following classifications:  primary metals industries; petroleum refining and related industries; chemical and allied products industries; paper and allied products industries; glass, clay and concrete products industries shall:

(A)          eliminate air pollutants from manufacturing operations by ceasing, curtailing, postponing or deferring production and related operations of the extent possible without  causing injury to persons or damage to equipment;

(B)          eliminate air pollution from trade waste disposal processes which emit particles, gases, vapors, or malodorous substances;

(C)          reduce heat load demands for processing to the minimum;

(D)          perform boiler lancing or soot blowing between 12‑noon to 4:00 p.m.;

(4)           Municipal and commercial refuse disposal operations shall stop incinerating waste;

(5)           Other persons requested by the Commission to prepare a preplanned abatement plan shall take all required control actions for the emergency level contained in their plan.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143‑215.3(a)(12);

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1984; December 1, 1976.