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Saturday, October 2, 2010

New Outside Wood Boiler Rules Become Law Today

New Rules For Outside Wood Boilers Become Law
Rules for outside wood boilers became law today when they were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. For the complete text and explanation of the regulations click HERE.

Annex A

TITLE 25. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

PART I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Subpart C. PROTECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES

ARTICLE III. AIR RESOURCES

CHAPTER 121. GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 121.1. Definitions.

 The definitions in section 3 of the act (35 P. S. § 4003) apply to this article. In addition, the following words and terms, when used in this article, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

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Btu—British thermal unit—The amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of pure liquid water by 1° F at the temperature at which water has its greatest density (39° F).

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Clean wood—The term includes the following:

 (i) Wood that contains no paint, stains or other types of coatings.

 (ii) Wood that has not been treated with preservatives or chemicals, including copper, chromium arsenate, creosote and pentachlorophenol.

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New Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—A Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler that is installed on or after October 2, 2010.

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Non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—An outdoor wood-fired boiler that has not been certified or qualified by the EPA as meeting a particulate matter emission limit of 0.32 pounds per million Btu output or lower and is labeled accordingly.

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Outdoor wood-fired boiler

 (i) A fuel-burning device that:

 (A) Is designed to burn, or is capable of burning, clean wood or other fuels listed under § 123.14(f) (relating to outdoor wood-fired boilers).

 (B) Has a rated thermal output of less than 350,000 Btu per hour.

 (C) The manufacturer designs or specifies for outdoor installation or installation in structures not normally intended for habitation by humans or domestic animals, including structures like garages and sheds.

 (D) Heats building space or fluid, or both, through the distribution, typically through pipes, of a fluid heated in the device, typically water or a mixture of water and antifreeze.

 (ii) The fuel-burning device may also be known as an:

 (A) Outdoor wood-fired furnace.

 (B) Outdoor wood-burning appliance.

 (C) Outdoor hydronic heater.

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Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler—An outdoor wood-fired boiler that has been certified or qualified by the EPA as meeting a particulate matter emission limit of 0.32 pounds per million Btu output or lower and is labeled accordingly.

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CHAPTER 123. STANDARDS FOR CONTAMINANTS

PARTICULATE MATTER EMISSIONS

§ 123.14. Outdoor wood-fired boilers.

 (a) Applicability. Beginning on October 2, 2010, this section applies to the following:

 (1) A person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor who sells, offers for sale, leases or distributes an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth.

 (2) A person who installs an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth.

 (3) A person who purchases, receives, leases, owns, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth.

 (b) Exemptions.

 (1) This section does not apply to a person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor who sells, offers for sale, leases or distributes in this Commonwealth a non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler if the person, manufacturer, supplier or distributor demonstrates the non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler is intended for shipment and use outside of this Commonwealth.

 (2) Subsections (c), (d) and (e) do not apply to a permanently installed outdoor wood-fired boiler that was installed prior to October 2, 2010, and is transferred to a new owner as a result of a real estate transaction.

 (3) A person may not sell, offer for sale, distribute or lease a non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the outdoor wood-fired boiler was manufactured, distributed, purchased or leased and received in this Commonwealth before May 31, 2011.

 (i) This exemption shall remain in effect until May 31, 2011.

 (ii) A non-Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler purchased during the sell-through period must meet the following requirements:

 (A) Be installed a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.

 (B) Have a permanently attached stack that meets the following requirements:

 (I) Extends a minimum of 10 feet above the ground.

 (II) Is installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.

 (c) Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler. Except as provided under subsection (b):

 (1) A person may not sell, offer for sale, distribute or install an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth unless it is a Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

 (2) A person may not purchase, lease or receive an outdoor wood-fired boiler for use in this Commonwealth unless it is a Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

 (d) Setback requirements for new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boilers. A person may not install a new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the boiler is installed a minimum of 50 feet from the nearest property line.

 (e) Stack height requirements for new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boilers. A person may not install, use or operate a new Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless the boiler has a permanently attached stack. The stack must meet both of the following requirements:

 (1) Extend a minimum of 10 feet above the ground.

 (2) Be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.

 (f) Allowed fuels. A person that owns, leases, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth shall use only one or more of the following fuels:

 (1) Clean wood.

 (2) Wood pellets made from clean wood.

 (3) Home heating oil, natural gas or propane that:

 (i) Complies with all applicable sulfur limits.

 (ii) Is used as a starter or supplemental fuel for dual-fired outdoor wood-fired boilers.

 (4) Other types of fuel approved in writing by the Department upon receipt of a written request.

 (g) Prohibited fuels. A person who owns, leases, uses or operates an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth may not burn a fuel or material in that outdoor wood-fired boiler other than those fuels listed under subsection (f).

 (h) Applicable laws and regulatory requirements. A person may not use or operate an outdoor wood-fired boiler in this Commonwealth unless it complies with applicable Commonwealth, county and local laws and regulations adopted thereunder.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-1876. Filed for public inspection October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Communism!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

If it were Communism, they would not have bothered to hold public hearings and get input from those affected by the regulation. It was our excellent form of government that allowed the rules to be modified from the original proposals to the final form.
Read the entire document.
The ridiculous chimney height requirements are gone, along with many other restrictions that were first proposed. It is a good result overall and accomplished by the response of the public to the original proposal. It shows what can happen when Potter County people get involved.
We are a force to be reckoned with.

Anonymous said...

Can someone post here what are the new rules compared to what was proposed. It is too wordy for a dumb bumpkin like me to follow.

Anonymous said...

Jim, with all due respect, if it were a matter of "communism" as 6:57:00 claims, they wouldn't care what you would burn in your heater and wouldn't care how many neighbors dropped dead from your fumes.

It's all about making America BETTER, not worse. It's actually a GOOD thing to have clean air to breathe!


And according to the Pa Constitution we all have a constitutional right to clean air and water!

It's all about being more American, not less!

Some of us appreciate the "change" for the better!

I think 6:57:00 is a commie spy!

Go back to Russia if you want to breath the fumes of your neighbors out of control wood burner! Suck up all the soot you want!

Anonymous said...

We as Pa. citizens have new laws on OWB's to follow, BUT Oil & Gas drillers can destroy thousands of acres & pollute water tables and get away with it. Hmmmmmmm what is wrong with this picture? $$ & Politics. WE as citizens LOSE AGAIN. How much more?

Anonymous said...

Too funny! This will be inforced like tarping loads being hauled on the highway.

Greg Elderkin said...

No in communist controlled society the government would take all your fuel and you would have to build your own heating boiler... Then the gov't would confiscate that too if it was too complex and worked right and put it in the Czars palace for him to use. Heck, simply put you would have to wait in a very long line to get "heating fuel" from a gov't depot. Because taking from the Kremlins forests would be punishable by death by the KGB.

Thanks Jim for posting the info!

Anonymous said...

This is way better than what was proposed in the first case...you would have needed a crane and a lot of support to meet the stack regulation proposed before. Most outdoor burners already meet these standard...then all they are basically saying is don't burn a bunch of nasty stuff in there. Good Job.

Anonymous said...

I live next door to one of these nasty machines, you can see it in action on YouTube, just search DirtyAviston.

Anonymous said...

The OWB in the mentioned video looks like some kind of home made thing! Ours looks like a small outdoor building and does not smoke like the one in the video!

If you live by the one in the video then you should contact your local board members and let them handle it, NOT A STATE MANDATE!

I am glad these regulators listened to we the people for a change!!!