Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) writes in The Wall Street Journal about the ways in which federal regulations get in the way of fighting fires.
- While climate change makes droughts worse and extends fire seasons, federal regulations make wildfires worse and more damaging.
- Prescribed burns, which reduce fuel load and the intensity of wildfires (while producing healthier forests), must adhere to strict air quality standards from the EPA under the Clean Air Act.
- These regulations are difficult, expensive, and time consuming to navigate and to date, only one project has received a Clean Air Act exemption for a prescribed burn.
- Lawmakers must modernize regulations like these to allow our forest managers and landowners to more easily adapt to a changing climate.
Read the full article here.