2010 Feb. 2: VT: Vermont Considers Buying Back Inefficient Wood Boilers

2010 Feb. 2: VT: Vermont Considers Buying Back Inefficient Wood Boilers

Newer Models Are Much More Efficient

POSTED: 10:58 am EST February 1, 2010
UPDATED: 11:10 am EST February 1, 2010
 
BURLINGTON, Vt. — A state lawmaker wants to help Vermonters replace inefficient and dirty outdoor wood-fired boilers.
New models of the outside boilers that heat water used to heat homes are 80 to 90 percent cleaner than the original models that were produced in the 1990s.
The Burlington Free Press reported that one outdoor wood boiler creates as much air pollution as 1,000 oil furnaces and that emissions can trigger asthma attacks and possibly other health problems.
Sen. Ginny Lyons has introduced a bill to help buy back some of the boilers using some of the $360,000 a year Vermont will receive for three years from a settlement of an air pollution lawsuit.
Lyons’ bill would require that all old furnaces to be phased out by 2016.
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