2010 May 1: NY: Letter: New York must ban outdoor wood boiler stoves

2010 May 1: NY: Letter: New York must ban outdoor wood boiler stoves

 

First published in print: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Five years ago, the state attorney general’s office issued the report, "Smoke Gets in Your Lungs." It stated that outdoor wood boiler tests showed emissions in some cases of more than 260 grams an hour of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) compared to indoor wood stove emissions of 2 to 4 grams an hour.

 

Now, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a regulation that is a sham because the DEC cannot monitor what people will burn in these stoves.

It is a sham because the EPA Phase II stoves that DEC will allow are not "cleaner" burning because the test used to certify used kiln-dried red oak.

Who uses kiln-dried wood in a wood stove?

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (of which New York is a member) reports these stoves can emit 95 grams of PM 2.5 an hour and receive certification.

Where is the leadership in New York? Asthma rates are rising in children. DEC’s budget is shrinking and it can’t see that these stoves are a major health problem. The only answer is a ban.

Go to the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management website and read this report: http://www.nescaum.org/documents/source-characterization-of-outdoor-wood-furnaces.

Then send your comments to DEC telling it to do its job and protect New York’s air.

Bonnie Lichak

Nassau

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=926968&category=opinion#ixzz0msRJ9hPY

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