2010 May 28: NY Batavia: June 14 at Genesse Community College: Hearing set on wood-burning boiler rules
1. Don’t burn wood, period. Particulates from wood smoke (Black Carbon, soot) cause lung cancer, heart attacks, asthma and cataracts.
2. Black Carbon is the 2nd leading cause of global warming and stopping it is the quickest way to slow climate change. Burning wood creates the same amount of CO2 and more particulates than coal burning.
3. Health trumps money. Don’t exchange health for heat. Your neighbor’s short-term savings on heat will cost all of us long-term costs for health care. Responsible public servants see this, and health departments certainly do.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, who is critical of the plan, urged residents to attend the hearing, which begins with an information session at 5 p.m. and continues the hearing from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Conable Technology Building, 1 College Rd.
The Department of Environmental Conservation proposal looks to place new regulations on operating requirements for both new and existing outdoor wood boilers. Under the new restrictions, outdoor wood boilers would have to be at least 100 feet from neighboring properties and would have to be at least 18 feet in height.
"While I appreciate this proposal and its efforts to improve the environment and air quality across our state, I am concerned that it could substantially increase costs on Western New Yorkers who rely on outdoor wood boilers for home heating," Hawley said in a news release. "With most new outdoor wood boilers costing thousands of dollars, these new restrictions could be unaffordable for many people whose boilers meet current DEC regulations."
The DEC will conduct public hearings across the state and will give informal information sessions on the newly proposed regulations. During these information sessions, the public will have the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions about the potential new regulations and their impact on the community.
"It is my hope that through this open dialogue, the DEC and residents will be able to come up with an effective and less costly proposal," Hawley said.
On the Net:
Proposed restrictions on wood-burning boilers are detailed at: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/64480.html