Year of Publication



Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

David Mannino, MD

Committee Member

Nancy Johnson, MPH, DrPH

Committee Member

Wenqi Gan, MD, PhD


Objectives: To 1) summarize open burning activity observed by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality for a 12-month period and to 2) Identify distinguishing factors of areas having “high” levels of observed open burning compared to areas with “low” levels of open burning.

Methods: Data was collected by performing a records review of open burning investigation documents for the 554 investigation site visits performed by KY DAQ for the time period of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

Results: The average number of site visits per county was 4.66 visits. The source material with the highest observed frequency was household waste (51.4%). The source material with the lowest observed frequency was tires (8.7%).

Conclusion/Future Direction: The numbers of site visits reviewed were unevenly distributed across both each month and each Area Development District. Counties previously designated as non-attainment for PM and ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) observed fewer numbers of investigation site visits compared to the statewide county average. Counties having KY DAQ regional offices had higher numbers of site visits.

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