2010 Feb. 28: IN LaPorte: New Indiana rules would place restrictions on wood-fired boilers

2010 Feb. 28: IN LaPorte: New Indiana rules would place restrictions on wood-fired boilers

 

9:46 AM EST, February 28, 2010

LaPORTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana residents who heat their homes with wood-fired boilers are bracing for new rules targeting the soot and dust that waft from their backyard smokestacks.

Those rules can’t take effect soon enough for some neighbors living near those stacks, which spew smoky emissions that can be unhealthy for children, the elderly and people with heart or lung ailments.

State officials say a wood-burning heater can emit as much particulate matter as 50 to 500 idling diesel trucks.

The proposed state rules would restrict the burning season to September through May and cut smoke limits in half. Stacks would have to tower 5 feet higher than the top roof of neighboring homes and new units would have to be more efficient and burn clean, dry wood that smokes less.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com
 

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