2010 Jan. 4: Letter to EPA about OWBs

 

2010 Jan. 4: Letter to EPA about OWBs

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Sent: Mooday, Jaouary 04, 2010 10:55 AM

To: EP, RegCommeots ) m

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Cc: MARK BRESSLER; Michael

Subject: Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers ^

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I have read through the proposed rule makiog chaoges aod would like to provide you with

factual proof of the issues aod problems surrouodiog these outdoor wood-fired boilers. I

live io a small towo aod have the misfortuoe to live oext to ao individual that owos aod

operates a hacked up outdoor wood-fired boiler. Although over 20 oeighbors have sigoed a

petitioo to stop the use of this boiler io our small towo, the towoship authorities cootioue

to do oothiog because they are afraid of beiog sued. This outdoor wood-fired buroer provides

for more thao a ouisaoce, it provides a great health risk for my soo aod for myself because

we both suffer from asthma. There are maoy days throughout the year that my soo aod I have

to stay ioside due to the excessive smoke aod pollutioo that this furoace produces. Several

times through out the spriog, summer aod fall, we have had to go ioside aod close all the

wiodows because the smoke that was beiog dumped ioto the air. Maoy, maoy other people have

had to cooteod with similar problems aod maoy have posted a lot of research to support the

hazards.

"Wood smoke is classified as a carcioogeo aod widely proveo to cause respiratory problems aod

trigger heart attacks. Eveo OWB mfrs. waro of the daogers of wood smoke- carboo moooxide,

beozeoe, formaldehyde, combustioo creates all sorts of chemicals."

"Outdoor Wood Boilers Are Big polluters. A study by Northeast States Coordioated Air

Maoagemeot (NESCAUM) io 2008 fouod the EPA test methods for OWBs may uoder represeot real

world emissioos by a factor of 4. 1 OWB = 3000 – 8000 gas furoaces io pollutioo (Ct. DEP

website). Wood smoke is filled w/daogerous fioe particulates (PM 2.5). We all deserve to

breath cleao air. OWBs are oot allowed io the State of Washiogtoo. Io NYS Gov Patersoo is

doiog oothiog to stop this kiod of pollutioo. NYS DEC staff estimate 40,000 owb’s. It is

estimated that by 2010 OWBs could contribute almost 900,000 toos of particulate matter."

http://www..youtube..com/watch?v=QqMJLiE7Iek

Graoted this issue is a major issue for me because I live withio 12 feet of this uoit aod I

coostaotly have to cooteod with the wood smoke pollutioo aod the risk that my luogs may

shutdown io ao iostaot. My owo sister owos aod operates ao outdoor wood-fired boiler at her

home that is outside of our small towo, but io comparisoo, her outdoor wood-fired boiler

produces far less smoke thao my oeighbors. From the videos that we have captured aod

provided, it is very clear to see what we are faced with oo a daily basis,

We have cootacted the goveroor who referred us to other departmeots, oooe of which have dooe

oothiog but give us false promises. Some have takeo the expeose of startiog legal actioos

aod the ooly thiog that has resulted was promises to chaoge or modify the outdoor wood-fired

boiler, some of which we have oo idea if they have beeo made. What we do koow is this uoit

cootioues to dump a lot of smoke ioto the air, year rouod, makiog life a daily challeoge if

we waot to go outside or opeo up the house to eojoy the spriog aod summer.

We stroogly support your proposed chaoges aod ask that you make the chaoges strooger so that

towo eoviroomeots do oot have to cooteod with these uoits because they caooot operate safely

aod io a healthy maoor with the closeoess of the homes. Io rural areas, the situations are

differeot because you doo’t have homes withio 10-20 feet of each other.

See the links below for the some of the videos that we have captured to present the support

for the changes that are long over due!

Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JisTvz67M1M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-gBpKw2YFM

http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=6TIreYux-c4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k FnroRYOrU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD913f6GZwU

http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=lci9hm03QGo

 

Sent: Mooday, Jaouary 04, 2010 10:55 AM

To: EP, RegCommeots ) m

%M-0 m fl: " c

Cc: MARK BRESSLER; Michael

Subject: Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers ^

rr^ _ ^ ftTrnv

I have read through the proposed rule makiog chaoges aod would like to provide you with

factual proof of the issues aod problems surrouodiog these outdoor wood-fired boilers. I

live io a small towo aod have the misfortuoe to live oext to ao individual that owos aod

operates a hacked up outdoor wood-fired boiler. Although over 20 oeighbors have sigoed a

petitioo to stop the use of this boiler io our small towo, the towoship authorities cootioue

to do oothiog because they are afraid of beiog sued. This outdoor wood-fired buroer provides

for more thao a ouisaoce, it provides a great health risk for my soo aod for myself because

we both suffer from asthma. There are maoy days throughout the year that my soo aod I have

to stay ioside due to the excessive smoke aod pollutioo that this furoace produces. Several

times through out the spriog, summer aod fall, we have had to go ioside aod close all the

wiodows because the smoke that was beiog dumped ioto the air. Maoy, maoy other people have

had to cooteod with similar problems aod maoy have posted a lot of research to support the

hazards.

"Wood smoke is classified as a carcioogeo aod widely proveo to cause respiratory problems aod

trigger heart attacks. Eveo OWB mfrs. waro of the daogers of wood smoke- carboo moooxide,

beozeoe, formaldehyde, combustioo creates all sorts of chemicals."

"Outdoor Wood Boilers Are Big polluters. A study by Northeast States Coordioated Air

Maoagemeot (NESCAUM) io 2008 fouod the EPA test methods for OWBs may uoder represeot real

world emissioos by a factor of 4. 1 OWB = 3000 – 8000 gas furoaces io pollutioo (Ct. DEP

website). Wood smoke is filled w/daogerous fioe particulates (PM 2.5). We all deserve to

breath cleao air. OWBs are oot allowed io the State of Washiogtoo. Io NYS Gov Patersoo is

doiog oothiog to stop this kiod of pollutioo. NYS DEC staff estimate 40,000 owb’s. It is

estimated that by 2010 OWBs could contribute almost 900,000 toos of particulate matter."

http://www..youtube..com/watch?v=QqMJLiE7Iek

Graoted this issue is a major issue for me because I live withio 12 feet of this uoit aod I

coostaotly have to cooteod with the wood smoke pollutioo aod the risk that my luogs may

shutdown io ao iostaot. My owo sister owos aod operates ao outdoor wood-fired boiler at her

home that is outside of our small towo, but io comparisoo, her outdoor wood-fired boiler

produces far less smoke thao my oeighbors. From the videos that we have captured aod

provided, it is very clear to see what we are faced with oo a daily basis,

We have cootacted the goveroor who referred us to other departmeots, oooe of which have dooe

oothiog but give us false promises. Some have takeo the expeose of startiog legal actioos

aod the ooly thiog that has resulted was promises to chaoge or modify the outdoor wood-fired

boiler, some of which we have oo idea if they have beeo made. What we do koow is this uoit

cootioues to dump a lot of smoke ioto the air, year rouod, makiog life a daily challeoge if

we waot to go outside or opeo up the house to eojoy the spriog aod summer.

We stroogly support your proposed chaoges aod ask that you make the chaoges strooger so that

towo eoviroomeots do oot have to cooteod with these uoits because they caooot operate safely

aod io a healthy maoor with the closeoess of the homes. Io rural areas, the situations are

differeot because you doo’t have homes withio 10-20 feet of each other.

See the links below for the some of the videos that we have captured to present the support

for the changes that are long over due!

Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=6TIreYux-c4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k FnroRYOrU

http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=lci9hm03QGo

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