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Friday, October 23, 2009

Causer Opposes State Regulation of Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers


Rep. Martin Causer encourages affected residents to make their voices heard

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is speaking out against proposed regulations from the state’s Environmental Quality Board that would place significant restrictions on the use of outdoor wood-fired boilers in Pennsylvania.

“These boilers are one of the last affordable forms of home heating for many rural Pennsylvanians,” Causer said. “Government intervention has helped drive up the cost of electricity, oil and gas, and now it’s going to do the same to wood-fired boilers.

“This is just another example of ‘big brother’ government stepping in where it is not wanted or needed,” he added. “Local governments are more than capable of regulating these boilers if they believe it is warranted.”

Under the proposed regulations:

* A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets Phase 2 standards for efficiency.

* New boilers must be installed at least a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.

* New boilers must have a permanently attached stack that must be at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 150 feet of the boiler.

* Existing boilers must also have a permanently attached stack that is at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 500 feet of the boiler.

* Only clean wood, wood pellets made from clean wood and certain home heating oil, natural gas or propane fuels can be used in the boilers.

The regulations are currently open for public comment, and Causer is encouraging people directly affected by the regulations, as well as those concerned about state government overstepping its authority, to make their voices heard on the issue.

“We need to stand up and tell the Rendell administration that enough is enough,” Causer said.

Comments must be received by the Environmental Quality Board by Jan. 4, 2010. People have three options for submitting comments:

* Send written comments to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477 (express mail: Rachel Carson State Office Building, 16th Floor, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301). No fax comments will be accepted.

* Send written comments via e-mail to RegComments@state.pa.us. A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each e-mail. If the sender does not receive acknowledgement that the comments were received within two working days, the sender should resubmit his or her comments.

* Attend one of four public hearings scheduled on the matter. The closest hearing will be held in Williamsport at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Department of Environmental Protection Office, 208 W. Third St., Suite 101, Williamsport. Additional hearings are slated for Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Cranberry Township.

Visit RepCauser.com for a complete hearing schedule and the proposed regulations.

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Give them hell Causer. The government is always looking for a way to screw over the common man. Yeah pollution needs to be dealt with, but we live in a hick area where most our needs are found in our back yards. We do not live in a city or a highly populated area. If they wanna do something about global warming attack the chinese and India people they create more pollution then we do. Go after their money.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for common sense Marty. This should be legislated by boro, municipality, township, whatever, not a blanket state regulation. One size does NOT fit all in this case. I'll be writing in to the board, count on it.

Vicki said...

You are so right Marty!

I sent an electronic comment and have received my receipt via e-mail.

"Thank you for the comments you submitted to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) concerning the proposed Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers regulation. Your comments are valuable to the EQB and will be included in the official record of public comments. At the conclusion of the public comment period for this proposal, the Department of Environmental Protection will prepare a comment/response document responding to all the comments received during the comment period. The comment/response document will be submitted to the EQB for consideration as part of the final rulemaking. You will receive notice when the final rulemaking is sent to the EQB, and a copy of the rulemaking package will be sent to you upon request. In addition, if you would like to receive a copy of the final rulemaking following the EQB's action, please contact me. The Department will provide the final rulemaking package to you when it is submitted to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees."

"Environmental Quality Board (EQB)"
Just who are these people and when was this board formed? Does anyone know?

Kathy Fox said...

I have reserved my 10 minutes to speak at the public hearing on November 3rd in Williamsport. Please write or email as Marty suggests - this is not a done deal yet and we need to weigh in with our comments!

Anonymous said...

There may be some that are all for this regulation. True there are some that have NO reguard for their neighbor BUT if we sit back and DO nothing it is just another rule that takes away the innocent mans/womans freedom.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Kathy & Vicki, glad to see some are actually voicing their comments to the ones that matter, the law makers! I have sent an electronic comment too.

Anonymous said...

The biggest issue with of all of this is that there is NO reason for the STATE to be making rules and regulations that are best decided and determined at the local level by city, borough and township governments!

Anonymous said...

Send them an email, that'll show them.....

Looks like it will... said...

October 24, 2009 7:48:00 AM

"At the conclusion of the public comment period for this proposal, the Department of Environmental Protection will prepare a comment/response document responding to all the comments received during the comment period. The comment/response document will be submitted to the EQB for consideration as part of the final rulemaking.

You are right, it will!

Anonymous said...

I hope it passes! People today have no common sense or regard for their neighbors. Unfortunately it has come to the sad fact that government has to step in and tell people what is right or wrong because they can't figure it out for themselves anymore!
Must be Mr. Causer has taken this position because his neighbor has yet to install one of these disgusting burners next to his house so that it can spew thick smoke into his open windows in the summer because they have decided to burn ALL year long to heat their hot water! That is just a WONDERFUL thing!

Anonymous said...

Again, to the 9:52pm poster...these issues and regulations NEED to be set at the local government level...if you have issues with your neighbors, let them be addressed with your local township supervisory board or the borough council - if you want a "one size fits all" approach on everything, move to Philly!