Seven States Sue EPA Over Wood-Fired Boilers

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
National Journal
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Alex Brown
Oct. 9, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

Sev­en states have sued the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency to de­mand reg­u­la­tions on wood-fired boil­ers that of­fi­cials say are a ma­jor cause of soot pol­lu­tion, AP re­ports.

The out­door boil­ers warm wa­ter that is piped in­to homes’ heat­ing sys­tems. Some states have banned them due to air pol­lu­tion, but no fed­er­al reg­u­la­tion is cur­rently on the books. The co­ali­tion of New York, Con­necti­c­ut, Mary­land, Mas­sachu­setts, Ore­gon, Rhode Is­land, and Ver­mont wants the agency to is­sue emis­sions stand­ards for the boil­ers.

New York At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Eric Schnei­der­m­an said the boil­ers cause 13 per­cent of the coun­try’s soot pol­lu­tion.

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