2012 April 5: RI: Please write a letter to the Rhode Island House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in support of House Bill 7633 on OWBS only with seasonal restrictions and clearer nuisance provisions (talking points mentioned)
If everyone writes the same exact thing it will have much less effect than something personal. Here is a rough letter with different points you can use so not every letter is the same.
TO: House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
RE: House Bill No. 7633 Outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters
I support the intent of the bill, but strongly feel it needs season requirements to be effective.
I cannot support the bill with out season restrictions.
I would welcome the bill and support it if it had seasonal limits and clearer nuisance provisions, they are very complicated and don’t seem to help neighbors of wood boilers.
Why are people running these in the warmer months?
How can they think they are saving money heating their hot water?
Seems like its wasting a lot of energy to heat a tiny bit of water.
As much pollution as OHH’s emit they should be limited to just the coldest months of the year.
The bill was originally intended to help the neighbors who are downwind of an OHH operator, it does not appear to do that, and adds to the complexity of who is responsible for nuisance complaints.
The nuisance provisos need clearer language. If someone’s property is inundated by smoke, it should stop. The bill seems impartial and gives the OHH operator too much leeway. Sometimes you just can’t make a situation work due to terrain or wind direction or cooperation by the operator.
It shouldn’t be up to the owner of the OHH to decide if their emissions are affecting their neighbors. In essence this is what bill states. It needs strong direction so if a neighbor is being impacted there is an immediate cease and desist.
Address if in RI
Feel free to change the wording a little, make it your own, it doesn’t need to be long or even a letter it can just be your quick thoughts like what we have here it will get the point across.