SALT LAKE CITY — The House passed a bill Monday to prohibit the Utah Air Quality Board from regulating outdoor wood boilers differently from other solid fuel burning devices.

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"Outdoor wood boilers are so clean and efficient the federal government gives renewable energy tax credits for purchasing them,” said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, sponsor of HB394.

The bill is a response to a Division of Air Quality policy that prohibits future sales of the boilers to minimize emissions.

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, said the division proposed the policy for a reason.

“The bottom line is we're out of compliance,” Briscoe said.

The bill passed with a 52-12 vote and will now head to the Senate.

Mary Mellor