2010 March 27: VT: American Lung Association applauds Vermont’s plan to replace outdoor wood boilers: RAWSEP View: Don’t burn wood, period.

2010 March 27: VT: American Lung Association applauds Vermont’s plan to replace outdoor wood boilers: RAWSEP View: Don’t burn wood, period.

By Press Release on March 26, 2010

Contact:
Rebecca Ryan
802-876-6862
rryan@lugnne.org
Vermont Taking Steps to Replace Old Outdoor Wood Boilers
March 26, 2010 – The American Lung Association in Vermont applauds the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) for making plans to implement a change out program for uncertified outdoor wood boilers (OWBs). Governor Douglas announced yesterday that ANR will use $360,000 from a settlement fund with the American Electric Power Company to replace between 50 and 75 old residential units with cleaner-burning certified units.  Old OWBs are the source of excessive air pollution and toxic emissions. In fact, these units can emit the smoke of twenty wood stoves and will use twice as much wood of one designed to meet emissions standards.
The change out program is a step in the right direction, but a bill introduced by Senator Ginny Lyons, Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, and passed today by the Vermont Senate, would provide for greater emissions reduction and more health protection. If passed by the House of Representatives, S.239, would increase the funding to $500,000, and include the option to replace an old unit with a more efficient and cleaner heating appliance than a certified OWB. The bill also requires all uncertified OWBs located within 200 feet of a residence, school or health facility to be retired by 2013.
For more information about the American Lung Association, visit http://www.lungne.org or call 1-800-LUNG-USA, Option 1. For more information about outdoor wood boilers, visit http://www.vtwoodsmoke.org
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