Knox County Tennessee

Air Quality Management bans open burning

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The Knox County ban on open burning, issued Nov. 1, 2016, was lifted on Dec. 16, 2016. More information on open burning may be found here.

KNOXVILLE (Nov. 1, 2016) — Due to conditions of severe drought, Knox County Air Quality Management (AQM) is issuing a mandatory ban on open burning in Knox County effective immediately. Those holding open burn permits should postpone burning until further notice. New applications for permits will be suspended until the ban is lifted.

“We sincerely appreciate the public’s cooperation during this ban, which will remain in effect as long as conditions are unsafe for burning,” said AQM Director Lynne Liddington. “We will notify the community as soon as we’re able to lift the ban.”

The ban encompasses camp fires, bonfires, and any and all other types of outdoor open burning. Under normal conditions, an open burn permit provides an individual with the right to burn certain materials while adhering to particular guidelines, which take potential environmental and health effects into account. The public may call 865-215-5900 or email health@knoxcounty.org with questions.

A division of the Knox County Health Department, AQM works to maintain the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which are designed to protect public health. In addition to issuing residential burn permits, the division monitors fine particulate matter and ozone in the outdoor air; permits air contaminant sources, such as manufacturers and gas stations; performs compliance and complaint investigations; and provides technical and educational services.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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