2009: Pennsylvania

"The smell is putrid. It is a toxic smell that is unbearable at times," said Maureen Myers of Jefferson, Somerset County, who lives near six of them.
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APCA authorizes the Board to adopt regulations more stringent than Federal requirements when the control measures are reasonably necessary to achieve and maintain the ambient air quality standards.
“We were having trouble right in the village of Bakersville, where you have houses close together.” “We’ve had very few of them installed. They’re really sort of suitable for out in very rural areas.”
meeting on Sept. 12 to discuss details about an ordinance regulating outdoor wood and coal fired heaters. At Saturday’s meeting, supervisors Kenneth Voris and Edward Elling approved sending the completed ordinance to Solicitor Ann Wood for review.
several states have restricted the use of the boilers or recommended that the public consider other alternatives
outdoor wood burning appliances, which are essentially home furnaces that are outside. Neighbors had complained that smoke from one already in use in the community was a nuisance.
The council is asked to consider how far away from the property line the furnace is, how far away it is from the structure it is serving and how far it is from the neighbor’s occupying structure. Ferraro suggested 50 feet, 25 feet, and 300 feet,
yellowish-brown acrid smoke from the boiler gets into houses in the area. she can’t wear her contact lenses her 4-year-old wakes up in the middle of the night because of it. The smoke reached the Orchard Street Preschool, on occasion.
large amounts of smoke, which then entered the open windows of surrounding homes Cranberry residents raised concerns about being smoked out of their homes.
use of any new outdoor fuel burning appliances and devices is prohibited
outdoor furnaces are allowed only on properties no less than five acres in size and may not be located less than 50 feet from the nearest adjacent property. It also allows for only natural gas, propane, home heating fuel, coal or wood to be used as fuel
DEFINING CERTAIN TERMS USED HEREIN; PROVIDlNG FOR REGULATIONS, EXCEPTIONS, ENFORCEMENT ORDERS, RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNERS AND OPERATORS, PENALTIES, UNLAWFUL CONDUCT, PUBLIC NUISANCES, AND VALIDITY.
5 acre requirement: passed ords.
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Carlisle, Monroe, Newville, W. Pennsboro don’t yet have OWB ords. but may have other restrictions. Hampden, Middlesex, N. & S. Middleton, & Silver Spring have OWB ords.
VIDEO of town where 20 died in 1948. 2008 museum about where the Clean Air movement started.
better safeguards for neighbors,” said Charles McPhedran, a lawyer with a statewide environmental group. PennFuture wants DEP to help 21 counties which fail fine particulate standards.
Thank you burningissues.org Allegheny County: visible smoke emissions not greater than 20% opacity for 3 minutes in 60 minute period. 60% opacity never allowed.
receiving a lot of complaints about the operation of outdoor furnaces, and William Lawhead asked if the township should place restrictions on them to keep people from placing them in densely populated residential neighborhoods, such as Goldenrod.
"That’s what I’ve had to live with for the last 10 years," said Brian Shaffer, of Spangler Road, pointing to the photos. "Why should I have to breathe the unhealthy air so someone can save money on heating his apartment houses."
making misuse punishable by $2,500 per day in fines or time in jail, and giving the township authority to issue civil penalties up to $25,000 for violations.
OWB owner jail time? fines?
The EPA believes the particulate matter these things put out is far beyond that of a normal chimney“I think it was pretty well drafted, except that I’d like to see them banned completely,”
The stuff stinks, my laundry stinks, my dog stinks, my patio furniture stinks. It’s not fair to me to deal with the stink.
residents on the street complained of respiratory problems from heavy smoke that was emitted from a nearby wood burner.
DEP, studies have shown that one outdoor wood burning furnace produces particulate emissions equivalent to 205 oil burning furnaces or 8,000 natural gas furnaces
outdoor furnaces came up. As of the moment the closest ordinance on the books to dealing with furnaces, according to Code Enforcement Officer Zachary Lawhead, is one that forbids starting fires on township roads.
unit must be 150 feet from all property lines and 300 feet from residences not located on the lot.
Considering the dimensions of a majority of properties in the 2.2-square-mile municipality, one ordinance provision makes use of any such appliances by homeowners virtually impossible.
no fewer than 50 feet from the nearest property line
only on properties measuring a minimum of five acres.
a burner one family was using year-round, including during warm weather to heat swimming pool water. Nearby residents complained the smoke and fumes forced them to keep their windows closed
requires boilers to be set back at least 500 feet from the nearest residential structure that is not on the lot on which the boiler is located
past concerns about smoke coming from outdoor furnaces
other area jurisdictions that either ban them or have outdoor-furnace regulations. Ebensburg. Nanty Glo, Somerset Borough, Berlin and Salisbury ban outdoor furnaces altogether.
prohibit them in as-yet unspecified zoning districts
least two-acre lots for outdoor wood boilers
The law requires a two-acre parcel for use of outdoor wood boilers
set backs from adjourning property. There was also a question on insurance issues.
"acrid and putrid-smelling black smoke" I want to breath the air "This issue needs addressed quickly."
Patton, Ebensburg or Windber need land. Municipalities throughout Cambria and Somerset counties have adopted regulations. Salisbury grandfathered "the whole town is a smog."
must have a lot 40,000 square feet or larger under the new ordinance. Additionally, the furnace can not be placed closer than 60 feet to the nearest neighboring property line.
no person shall install or use any furnace or heating apparatus that is not installed entirely within the building which it is heating. The includes free-standing furnaces and boilers where the heat is transported to other structures.
revised the borough burning ordinance, which bans outdoor furnaces, boilers and any heating equipment not built entirely inside the building it’s warming.
The neighbors, who burn for "ambience", told us to move or get newer windows and more air purifiers. Finally, but not until March 14th, 2008, Allegheny County Health Department gave an emergency verbal cease and desist to the offending neighbors.
supervisors voted to enact a new ordinance for OWFs. passed 3-0 and requires the furnaces to be 150 feet from property lines and roads and 200 feet from occupied structures on other lots. "grandfathering", residents apply for a no charge permit.
Orwigsburg:“We’re concerned about the nuisance caused by their smoke,”ordinance will cut off at the pass an influx of outdoor furnaces. PA Port Carbon passed furnace restriction Nov. 13.Pottsville restrictions last month
“But do you want to breathe somebody else’s smoke?”A municipal ordinance has snuffed a Salisbury man’s outdoor furnace
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Asked if that will apply to wood for other furnaces as well, such as woodburners in houses, Castonguay said, "Yes, we will not discriminate."
A consistent environmental standard should be applied and that’s the DEP’s job.
only on lots of at least 3.25 acres
furnaces must be placed no less than 500 feet from the nearest residential structure not on the lot where the boiler is located, and they must be set back at least 200 feet from the front lot line and 100 feet from the side and rear lot lines.
one wood fired boiler in her neighborhood is a nuisance because the smoke doesn’t dissipate, resulting in an odor.
The board was responding to complaints from residents upset with the smoke and odor caused by their neighbors’ burners.
"safety" is one of the borough’s biggest concerns that prompted the new ordinance. He said that a house could be burnt down with an outdoor furnace.
Township supervisors want to regulate outdoor wood-fired boilers and plan to review a law for the water heaters next month. The township attorney is to prepare legislation for review at the supervisors’ next meeting, Dec. 8.
Because we are located in a shallow bowl, with hills closely grouped around the town, any smoke (or other air pollution) that is emitted here stays here a long time.
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