2009: Maine

Woodstove smoke health hazard (Naeher et al., 2007). Fine particle air pollution (<2.5 μm – PM2.5) generated by wood smoke and other sources, increase child asthma hospitalizations(Sheppard et al., 1999) decrease life expectancy (Pope et al., 2009).
increased air pollution problems in isolated spots as more Maine homeowners attempt to fight off record-high oil prices by lighting up the old stove or fireplace.
lawmakers directed the dept. to expand those rules to outdoor boilers that burn pellets rather than cord wood. BEP seeking public comment on a proposal to require setback requirements of 100 to 270 feet depending on the emissions rating of the unit.
we urged that DEP be granted the necessary authority to protect the public by shutting down nuisance OWBs when there is credible evidence of serious impact to local, ambient air quality.
setback of pellet OWBs
Waterville resident Ernest Grolimund warned that older wood stoves and fireplaces pump large amounts of soot into the air, which threatens the health and safety of people. advocates "moving forward" encouraging the expansion of natural gas in Maine.
two schools in the small Aroostook County town southeast of Presque Isle were ranked among the worst nationally. In fact, Easton Elementary School was projected to have the 10th highest pollution levels out of 127,800 schools.
Restrict dealers, from selling units that don’t meet new federal emissions guidelines. By April of 2010, boilers must meet stricter state limits. •minimum setbacks, minimum stack heights to at least 10 feet, set limits on visual smoke.
Radio transcript on OWB complaints in Maine
The legislature also created an Outdoor Wood Boiler Fund (LD 2263) for the purpose of upgrading, purchasing, and replacing existing wood boilers that are causing a public health nuisance. Funding could come from a variety of sources.
Farmington will look to enforce its wood-burning stove ordinance, and violators could face a fine. Violations to the town ordinance to regulate outdoor wood-burning furnaces were brought to the attention of the Farmington Town Board
Mr. Sirois uses a woodstove in the garage attached to his house. The current stove, which replaced a prior model, was installed in 2001.
Fund used to buyback most polluting OWBs in state of Maine
I was most impressed by the quality and seriousness of testimony by residents, one whose family had to abandon their home and another who can’t do simple yard work and once even thought her house was on fire & American Lung Association representative.
Mr. Ernest Grolimund of Waterville, presented a detailed packet stating the danger of the outdoor wood boiler being operated. Also, Tim and Cindy Herman of 47 Fairfield Street presented their health issues experienced since October 1, 2008 to current.
The DEP also will maintain a list that ranks problem boilers by the level of threat they have to public health or safety, and the boilers’ proximity to neighbors or sensitive populations.
he believes a spark from his outdoor wood-fired furnace started a fire that destroyed his entire workshop and thousands of dollars worth of tools over the weekend.
“We are expecting there are not going to be a good number of EPA-approved stoves brought into use,” said Ed Miller of the American Lung Association in Maine. “There will be more complaints. More people with concerns about their kids’ asthma.”
Both of us and many others have been smoked out and ignored by local and state or provincial governments. The Brandies have been fortunate in being able to get legal help but many others can not afford the tremendous legal fees.
The study concludes that although pellet stoves burn much cleaner than older wood stoves, they generate more particle pollution and air toxics than oil furnaces.
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