Capital District Business Review: NY gives companies time to sell older wood boilers

The Business Review - by Adam Sichko

Date: Monday, April 18, 2011, 2:06pm EDTNew York state has given companies more time to try to sell their inventory of wood boilers that don’t comply with stronger emissions rules.

Distributors now have until mid-July to keep selling outdoor wood boilers they already have in stock—which fail to meet new pollution standards in a law that took effect in January.

The original cutoff for selling the older boilers was April 15. But the state decided to give businesses more time in light of weather issues that made installation of the boilers difficult, said spokeswoman Lori Severino.

“The ground was still frozen to a depth of three feet or more, making it difficult, if not impossible, to install those boilers,” Severino said.

“It resulted in an additional cost burden on businesses. They couldn’t move their units by the original deadline,” she said. “This is just to take any kind of extra economic burden off them and allow distributors a reasonable additional opportunity to sell existing inventory.”

Environmental groups protested the announcement, announced late on April 15.

“We were shocked,” said Environmental Advocates of New York and the American Lung Association in New York, in a joint statement.

“Industry was put on notice and given ample time to ensure that the boilers they were selling met the new emissions standards,” the groups said. “This delay in cleaning up the state’s air will likely result in more New Yorkers suffering asthma attacks and other cardiovascular episodes.”