Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: NY gives wood furnace dealers more time on regs

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Posted 4/17/2011

 
   

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental regulators are giving dealers more time to sell inventory of older, air-polluting outdoor wood furnaces before strict new emission standards take effect.

The American Lung Association and Environmental Advocates say the Department of Environmental Conservation's 90-day extension to sell existing stock will likely result in more people suffering health problems from breathing toxic smoke produced by the older wood-fired boilers.

The DEC's new regulations took effect Jan. 28. They require boilers to meet strict emissions standards, be set back at least 100 feet from the nearest property line, have a stack height of at least 18 feet and burn only clean, seasoned wood.

The ruling Friday allows dealers to sell older boilers currently in their showrooms until July 14. The new fuel and installation rules would still apply.