Albany Times Union: Jurist won't extend sale of dirty wood-fired boilers

(May 26, 2011)

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Published Wednesday, May 25, 2011

 
 
   

ALBANY -- A judge temporarily blocked the state Tuesday from allowing businesses three more months to sell outdoor wood-fired boilers that don't meet new tougher pollution rules.

Albany County-based state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit filed by Environmental Advocates of New York and the American Lung Association in New York.

The lawsuit seeks to force the state Department of Environmental Conservation to abandon a last-minute emergency decision to extend an April 15 deadline for the sale of non-compliant wood-fired boilers through July 14.

"DEC was wrong to adopt an emergency rule that put New Yorkers' health at risk in the first place," said Michael Seilback, vice president of the American Lung Association in New York.

DEC spokesman Michael Bopp said the ruling was being reviewed and declined further comment.