BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An advisory panel of farmers, health advocates and state regulators has agreed that field burning can be allowed on some weekends, but members are still debating other rule changes.

Some farmers set their fields afire to clean up stubble and prepare the soil for the next crop. But a group called Safe Air for Everyone says the burning can create life-and-death situations for some with asthma and other health conditions. The Spokesman-Review ( ) reports that the groups have not yet agreed on whether to lower the air quality standards for field burning.

Safe Air For Everyone won a lawsuit in 2007 banning agricultural field burning and the following year the parties reached an agreement allowing burning under certain conditions. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality wants to ease those restrictions.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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