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.

"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