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NY Farmers 'Smoking' Over Proposed Wood-Burner Regs

NY Farmers 'Smoking' Over Proposed Wood-Burner Regs
Regulators are bent on new restrictions to damper smoke pollution.

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.

Regulators are bent on new restrictions to damper smoke pollution.

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.

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