Public Hearing on Proposed Air Quality Regulation Jan. 19

Limits Emissions from Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers Used to Heat Homes

Contact:Guillermo Cole, Health Department
412-578-8004 office

The Allegheny County Board of Health will hold a public hearing on a proposed regulation to control air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers on Thursday, January 19, at 10 a.m., at Clack Health Center, Bldg. 7, 301 Thirty-Ninth Street, Lawrenceville.

The regulation aims to limit emissions from outdoor wood-fired boilers that are used to heat homes and buildings.  Such boilers have become a growing source of air pollution complaints in recent years.     

The rules would require that new outdoor wood-fired boilers be EPA-qualified “Phase 2” boilers and installed with minimum setback and stack height requirements.  Distributors also would be required to report sales and leases to the Health Department.

In addition, for both new and existing boilers, the rules would regulate the type of fuels that can be used and prohibit operation on air quality action days between May 1 and September 30.     

Testimony at the hearing must be scheduled in advance, by calling 412-578-8008, no later than 24 hours before the hearing.  Speakers are limited to five minutes and asked to submit a written copy of their testimony.  

Those unable to attend the hearing may submit comments via email, fax or mail to:  boh@achd.net; 412-578-8325; or Allegheny County Board of Health, 3333 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  The deadline for submitting comments is January 24.

The regulation is posted on the Health Department’s web site, World Wide Web Icon www.achd.net, and also available for public review Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Allegheny County Health Department Library, Clack Health Center, Building 7, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegheny County Law Library, Room 921, City-County Building, Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.  A mailed copy of the regulation can be requested by calling 412-578-8120

The Board of Health will consider all public comments before finalizing and voting on the proposed regulation at its next regular meeting on Wednesday, March 7. 

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