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Farm Bureau Continues Fight on Wodd Boiler Ban

ALBANY – New York Farm Bureau this week continued its fight-back campaign against proposed Department of Environmental Conservation regulations that restrict the use of outdoor wood boilers in rural New York.Farm Bureau submitted written comments to DEC this week, outlining in detail its objections to the regulations, which would impact thousands of farmers and rural homeowners across New York.”We are continuing our fight against the Albany bureaucrats who are trying to single out the rural residents of New York,” said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.”We feel it is safe and reasonable for rural New Yorkers to heat their homes with wood, just as New Yorkers have for centuries,” Norton said. “DEC’s desire to eliminate this economical heating source will just drive residents back to using costly oil heat – leaving a much cleaner renewable resource unused.”Since the proposed regulations were announced last month, Farm Bureau has furiously rallied its 30,000 members. DEC will accept written comments through today, July 2.Thousands of owners of outdoor wood boilers will be forced to make costly retrofits to smokestacks to meet new DEC height requirements. The new regs will also limit the use of units for almost half of the year and ultimately prohibit the use of any outdoor wood boiler that does not meet new, strict DEC emissions requirements.The proposed regulations will have significant financial implications for farm and rural homeowners that heat their houses, barns and greenhouses.New York State residents will be required to retrofit their current units and then take them out of service before the end of the unit’s useful life and lose a major investment that can cost upwards of $10,000.The owners can make the decision to purchase either a new, more expensive, outdoor wood boiler or return to non-renewable petroleum-based fuels or natural gas.”Albany is once again trying to sock it to rural New Yorkers and we will do everything we can to stop them,” Norton said.

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