2009 Dec. 21: PA Coudersport: Jan. 13 hearing on OWBs & comments
The State Environmental Quality Board has scheduled a public hearing on proposed regulations covering outdoor wood-burning stoves for 6 pm on Jan. 13 at the Coudersport High School auditorium. 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 RegComments@state.pa.us. A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each email. If the sender does not receive acknowledgment within two working days, comments should be resubmitted.
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.
Posted by Solomon’s words for the wise at 12/21/2009 10:28:00 AM
- Anonymous said…
- My neighbor has one. I am not sure it is right for the state to regulate these but I will tell you this: they do spew some stinky and most importantly some health threatening smoke. So if the state isn’t going to regulate these then the borough or township sure as hell should. There are people who are not good neighbors and do not care what they are doing to their neighbors. We need to have somebody enforcing regulations and I am not sure we can count on the townships or boroughs to do it.
- Monday, December 21, 2009 1:51:00 PM EST
- Yes. I was told to mind my own business. And the borough does not have an ordinance on the books. I was told that I could try to complain under the nuisance ordinance but would not get any satisfaction unless I could prove that my health is suffering. Let’s face it. Some people are just going to act like dildines unless there is a law that regulates what they do to their neighbors.
- Monday, December 21, 2009 5:08:00 PM EST
- Hmm, Lets see, one neighbor is ruining another neighbors lfe with smoke
- Monday, December 21, 2009 7:34:00 PM EST
Brother Nature said…
- Shut the snmoke gushing things down. Go Solar!!!!