2013 March 5: UT: Utah bans OWBs (proposed admin rule published effective Sept. 1, 2013)

Rule On Utah Outdoor Wood Boilers
By Emily Rogers | August 29, 2012 | 5 Comments
The Utah Division of Administrative Rules published a proposed new rule on outdoor wood boilers (also known as wood-fired hydronic heaters) at the start of this month. This rule would prohibit any person from selling, offering to sale, supplying, installing, purchasing, or transferring an outdoor wood boiler, effective September 1, 2013. It also required those who currently own or operate an outdoor wood boiler to register with the Division of Air Quality or their local health district office. They must also operate the boiler in accordance with manufacturer specifications and limit visible emission to 20% opacity. These persons will have 180 days from October 4, 2012 to come in accordance and register.
The purpose of this rule is to prohibit future sales of outdoor wood boilers to help the state attain the PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter) National Ambient Air Quality Standard and to minimize the emissions from existing outdoor wood boilers.
This rule isn’t yet final.  The Division of Administrative Rules will be taking comment on this until this Friday (August 31).
This kind of regulation has been seen in other areas nationwide. Outdoor wood boilers have been banned in 16 Connecticut towns and all of Washington State. There are proposed bans in a Pennsylvania township and a Michigan county.  The New York Supreme Court has halted the sale of outdoor wood boilers that violate new air quality rules set by the Department of Environmental Conservation.*  And this past session, the Rhode Island legislature introduced a bill to regulate and prohibit there usage statewide.
The Utah Notice of Proposed Rule can be found here.
Nancy Alderman, President Environment and Human Health, Inc. 1191 Ridge Road North Haven, CT 06473 (phone)   203-248-6582 (fax)        203-288-7571 http://www.ehhi.org http://ehhijournal.org/
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