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Monday, December 28, 2009

Environmental Quality Board to Hold Public Hearing in Coudersport on Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler Requirements

State Wants To Regulate Outside Boilers
WILLIAMSPORT -- The state Environmental Quality Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.13, in the Coudersport High School, 698 Dwight St., Coudersport, to accept comments on a proposal to amend the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations concerning outdoor wood-fired boilers.

The proposed amendments will establish emission standards and setback requirements for newly installed outdoor wood-fired boilers, written notice and recordkeeping requirements for outdoor wood-fired boilers sold or leased after the effective date of the proposed regulation, and stack height and fuel requirements for all new and existing outdoor wood-fired boilers operated in Pennsylvania. In addition, they will add definitions for Btu (British thermal unit), clean wood, outdoor wood-fired boiler and phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

The full text of the rulemaking was published in the Oct. 17 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin along with a notice of additional public hearing published on Dec. 12, and is available at http://www.pabulletin.com. The comment period closes on Feb. 12, 2010.

Those wishing to present testimony at the hearing can register prior to the start of the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are asked to submit three written copies of their oral testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at the hearing.

The Environmental Quality Board is a 20-member independent board that adopts all of the Department of Environmental Protection's regulations.

Any questions regarding this hearing should be directed to the Environmental Quality Board at 717-787-4526. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the board at 717-787-4526 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the board can best accommodate their needs.
For more information, call 717-787-4526 or visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: EQB.

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

a clear case of the suburbanites trying to impose their will on rural communities.

Anonymous said...

the sad thing is, I doubt anyone will show up to have their voice heard

Anonymous said...

I have one of these outside wood boilers and if I wasn't going to Iraq I would be there! I will send in a written comment! It's funny how the minority (20 person EPA panel) can make the decisions that will affect the entire State. It doesn’t matter if you have an outside wood boiler, fire place or wood stove with the way the air blows through our mountains, valleys and meadows you can have a 100 foot chimney/smoke stack. The smoke will go where ever the wind is blowing up or down and if the wind isn’t blowing will linger (no matter what kind of system you have). So why just pick on the people who own an outside wood boiler. One last thing I've been around the World (over 50 Countries) why don’t we maintain our progress but put pressure on some of these other Countries and 3rd World Countries to clean up their act first. (China been there 7 times in the last 3 years, they burn coal and tires in the winter to stay warm, oh that’s 1.2 billion people +/-) We are well ahead of them when it comes to clean air regulation/requirements.

Lyle

Anonymous said...

Folks - show up and be heard! Remember to call in advance to get on the list to speak and bring 3 copies of your prepared points/testimony!!!

Anonymous said...

If you have one of these (I don't) I would highly suggest showing up and voicing your opinions! If I did have an outside wood boiler and looking at the cost of restructuring to fit the new suggested regs, I know I would be there and be loud! Now's your chance!

Anonymous said...

This is just another example of government taking away our freedoms. It's too bad our soldiers have to fight to protect our right to freedeom of choice just to have them taken away. Fact is we have to many do gooders that have nothing to do but complain about somthing.

Brother Nature said...

Shut the smoke gushing things down. I think this is a great regulation and it should be strictly enforced.

Anonymous said...

New regs aren't going to stop these things from "gushing" smoke. It's just the government's way of getting back at people who have found an alternative to paying the bank robbing gas and electric companies. MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE! SMOKE AWAY!

Anonymous said...

Love thy neighbor.
Spew cancer-causing fumes into his home and throughout his property because you CAN.
Right. 11:56? Yep, just "smoke away." Power the people -- the people who get paid to try to heal the sick who are stricken by lung disorders or other permanent health problems due to proven carcinogens pumped onto their property by their thoughtless neighbors.
What a shame it is that the only way to protect neighbors health is to impose laws because some people are too selfish to care about the people who live next door.
What a shame.

m tauscher said...

love thy neighbor...all I can say is "AMEN".my neighbor has one of these & when the creasole (or whatever) burns off you cannot see traveling down our street..my front windows are coated with the film in winter & impossible to leave open in the summer..the smell seeps into the house.where is my right to clean air?

Anonymous said...

Your right to clean air is right beside my rights to be free from seeing, hearing, feeling, and property value loss because of the wind turbines MY neighbor is trying to get erected. Different issue, same problem.

Anonymous said...

im going to get one

Anonymous said...

have any of you checked out all the cancer causing agents from your cars, feul oil, and from natural gas.propane, I guess we should just let the government controll everything give up all our freedoms and become robots.
Just shut off all heat and cars, no outside cooking in the summer.to avoid the use of gas grills. Walk every where you go its cleaner for the air and good for your health. But it won't matter because you no longer have heat in winter so probably freeze anyway. As for me I will still burn wood it smells better burning than it will when rotting.

Anonymous said...

state wants to regulate our lives

Go Green said...

3:56:00 PM
Give it a rest Art, Herb and Otto.

You all purchased property near your neighbor, HE OWNED his pristine working farm before you purchased your land.

Move back Herb and Otto and well Art, maybe you should have stayed in town instead of complaining about the noise the Lumber mill made...still have not quit figured that one out!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to speaking at the hearing on 1/13...The last thing I want are more tax $$$ going to hire more State employees to educate, investigate and enforce new rules because of a few bad actors...let the townships and boroughs police their own...by the way, if you read the rulemaking, it's only counties south of Route 80, near Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philly, that have failed the air quality tests...

Anonymous said...

Down there I would be willing to Bet most of stuff that caused poor air Quality didnt come from wood boilers, but from autos and industrial air discharges.
Most people should be adult enough to police themselves and not burn garbage. This I think causes alot of complaints. I have no problem with the smell of wood smoke.
Keep fighting for your right to have a wood boiler. If this right is taken away what will be next.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. Let the townships and boroughs adminster the ordnance. Thatd be a good one. Those dildines cant even take care of what they do now so how do you think theyll inforce a wood burner ordnance. Hold yer nose and wear a gas mask neighbors if you think yer township will protect you.

Anonymous said...

What wii they Name The Dogs that will be running around checking for Smoke?