2010 March 1: PA Londonderry township: Outdoor wood boilers get temporary ban in Londonderry Township
March 01, 2010, 9:40PM
A temporary ban on new outdoor wood boilers was enacted in Londonderry Township until next fall, to give the planning commission and supervisors time to come up with regulations for them.
The supervisors approved the measure by a 4-0 vote Monday night, with Supervisor William Kametz absent.
With Met Ed’s electric rate caps coming off in January, there is concern that more residents might turn to outdoor wood boilers to reduce heating costs, said Steve Letavic, township manager.
Currently there are only a few outdoor wood boilers in the township, said Jim Foreman, code enforcement officer.
Outdoor wood boilers burn wood at low temperatures in a shedlike structure, and heat water that is piped into a home for heating and/or hot water.
The boilers produce more particulate matter and smoke, Letavic said, with shorter smokestacks that can result in smoke laying closer to the ground than normal home chimneys.
There are some boilers that meet more stringent EPA requirements, and the township will look at these regulations, along with a model ordinance the state Department of Environmental Protection has developed.
"We shouldn’t wait until someone puts one in and a neighbor complains," said Supervisor Daryl LeHew, who urged the board to develop regulations.
Supervisor Anna Dale said she favors the temporary ban, but believes units that meet EPA regulations should be permitted.