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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Large Attendance At Wood Boiler Hearing/Still Time To Send Written Comments

State Panel Gets Earful During Wood Burner Hearing

January 13th, 2010

outdoorwoodburnerMembers of the State Environmental Quality Board got an earful Wednesday night during a public hearing on proposed regulations covering outdoor wood-burning stoves, held at the Coudersport High School auditorium.

An overwhelming majority of those presenting testimony were strongly opposed to the draft rules. Many who testified were owners of the outdoor stoves who said the regulations would increase their heating bills and have other economic consequences.

Some based their opposition on the principle that local townships, boroughs and cities – and not the state – should be the regulatory authority. Others testified that any regulation on wood burners was a violation of their rights. Supporters of the proposed rules say many Pennsylvanians are adversely affecting their neighbors’ health and quality of life through inconsiderate use of the outside burners.

State Rep. Martin Causer, himself an opponent of the proposed regulations, hosted the board’s visit. More than 100 people from several northcentral Pennsylvania counties attended.

Under the proposed regulations:

  • A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets 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.

Citizens may also comment by traditional mail or email until Feb. 12. Written comments should be mailed to EQB, PO Box 8477, Harrisburg PA 17105-8477. Comments by email are being accepted at Potter County Today


Anonymous said...

Potter County showed some pride and unity tonight. Let's see if our democratic system works. I know that Martin Causer appreciated the turnout and support. I saw farmers, working men, business people, a schoolteacher, two of our county commissioners, some township supervisors, loggers and many other people from many walks of life. Not bad for a cold winters night. Maybe just maybe we can score a victory for the people who live north of Interstate 80.

Anonymous said...

Otto Deutschlander and Marty Causer made an excellent point last night....What is an APPOINTED BOARD doing making regulations/laws. Isn't that the responsibility of the LEGASLATIVE branch of the government? It's time to take such things BACK from appointed boards and keep it where it belongs - with ELECTED officials!

Anonymous said...

and One Size does not fit all!!

Anonymous said...

Go to the Pa constitution to see who makes the law.

Time for civil disobedience

Demand a jury trial & get aquitted

Anonymous said...

To the 9:59am Poster..You bet! If these proposed regulations are enacted, that's exactly what you are going to see!! I would love to be on that jury!

smokey said...

I miss the smell of wood smoke in the morning

Anonymous said...

love those windmills! same regulations.