Public Hearing to Be Held in Coudersport Regarding Outdoor Wood-Fired Boiler

HARRISBURG – The state Environmental Quality Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Jan.13 in the Coudersport High School, 698 Dwight St., Coudersport, to accept comments on a proposal to amend the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations concerning outdoor wood-fired boilers.

The proposed amendments will establish emission standards and setback requirements for newly installed outdoor wood-fired boilers, written notice and recordkeeping requirements for outdoor wood-fired boilers sold or leased after the effective date of the proposed regulation, and stack height and fuel requirements for all new and existing outdoor wood-fired boilers operated in Pennsylvania. In addition, they will add definitions for Btu (British thermal unit), clean wood, outdoor wood-fired boiler and phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler.

The full text of the rulemaking was published in the Oct. 17 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin along with a notice of additional public hearing published on Dec. 12, and is available at PABulletin.com. The comment period closes on Feb. 12, 2010.

Those wishing to present testimony at the hearing can register prior to the start of the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness. Witnesses are asked to submit three written copies of their oral testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at the hearing.

The Environmental Quality Board is a 20-member independent board that adopts all of the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations.
Any questions regarding this hearing should be directed to the Environmental Quality Board at 717-787-4526. Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the board at 717-787-4526 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the board can best accommodate their needs.

For more information, call 717-787-4526 or visit online, keyword: EQB.

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