Aubertine questions DEC proposals on outdoor wood boilers
Friday, June 4, 2010 - 9:14 am

Aubertine questions DEC proposals on outdoor wood boilers

State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine is expressing his strong opposition to proposed regulations for outdoor wood boilers proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“These regulations as proposed would effectively eliminate the use of outdoor wood boilers, not regulate their use,” Aubertine said.

At a public forum in Watertown, Aubertine said he has introduced legislation addressing the issue.

“It is not the role of the DEC to legislate out of use a legitimate source of heat and hot water for many rural residents. These boilers should be compliant with industry standards and local regulations, not subject to these overbearing state regulations.”

Aubertine, who is chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, said the Senate bill will allow for the continued use of outdoor boilers now in use, would require that any new boilers sold in New York be EPA approved, and would allow for local decision making on typical local issues such as setbacks.

The senator raised concerns about the proposed stack height requirements, the requirement to replace a wood boiler after 10 years regardless of the boiler’s working condition, the proposal to limit the season in which the boilers could be used, and the proposal to effectively prohibit the use of these boilers as water heaters.

Aubertine’s office says the senator's comments were submitted as a preliminary position, with the intent of following the discussion over the next few weeks at public meetings across the state before submitting final comments.