New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been incurring the wrath of landowners and rural people over proposed wood-fired outdoor boilers. After being besieged by complaints at all levels of government, DEC has backed off its plan to regulate all outdoor wood-burning boilers, and, instead, is targeting just new boilers.
In the last several years, the smoke pollution issue has flared up in a number of Northeast states. So it's important to know what's being proposed. In brief, the key points of the New York plan are:
• A mandatory chimney stack height of 18 feet on all boilers by Oct. 1.
• Boiler use would be prohibited in northern New York between June 1 and Aug. 31, and banned between May 15 and Sept. 30 in the southern half of the state.
• There may also be restrictions on what fuels can be used in the boilers.