(a)  General

(1)           There shall be no open burning of any material otherwise allowed under 15A NCAC 02D .1900.

(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 cease operations:

(A)          mining and quarrying of nonmetallic minerals;

(B)          all manufacturing establishments except those required to have in force a preplanned abatement program for an air pollution emergency;

(C)          all construction work involving grading or other operations that 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 noon to 4:00 p.m.;

(C)          divert electric power generation 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 necessary to prevent equipment damage;

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

(C)          take the action called for in the preplanned abatement program;

(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 to 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 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and

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

Readopted Eff. January 1, 2018.