2010 March 5: IN Richmond : Indiana considers tougher rules for outdoor wood furnaces

2010 March 5: IN Richmond : Indiana considers tougher rules for outdoor wood furnaces

IDEM proposal similar to Ohio’s laws

Palladium-Item • March 5, 2010

Owners of outdoor wood burning furnaces in Indiana will face new rules if changes proposed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are adopted.

IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly met with the Indiana Rural Caucus of the Indiana General Assembly recently to discuss the changes and legislators’ concerns, according to a press release from Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg. Ohio already has adopted rules for the heaters similar to the ones Indiana is considering.
The outdoor wood furnaces are a concern, in part, because lower combustion temperatures result in more smoking and smoldering conditions near ground level, according to IDEM’s fact sheet.
IDEM’s proposals would affect an estimated 7,000 Hoosiers who already own such furnaces, Leising said. The new rules don’t apply to indoor wood stoves or fireplaces.
Homes with existing outdoor wood furnaces that don’t meet emission limits would be prohibited from using them from May 1 to Sept. 30, which would eliminate their use for water heating for five months of the year.
Any outdoor furnaces located within 150 feet of another home would be required to install a pipe that’s at least 5 feet above the roofline of neighboring homes. Instability of a pipe that tall could be a problem, Leising said.
Also, after all existing outdoor furnaces have been sold, all newly manufactured furnaces would have to meet new EPA air quality standards. The new outdoor wood boilers are estimated to cost between $8,000 and $18,000, Leising said.
Although the official deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rules has passed, Leising said Hoosiers can call IDEM to discuss the proposed changes at (800) 451-6027 or visit its Web site at www.in.gov/idem/5273.htm to e-mail questions or comments.

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