Committee backs bill to overturn ban on outdoor wood furnaces

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  • Skybox Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    In a recent EPA sponsored report by Brian Gullett Ph. D. it was found that
    one of Central Boilers so called cleaner units when operated under real-world conditions (2500 SF home with
    average insulation) only achieved a 30 percent thermal efficiency rating.
    Prior to the report, the unit was tested at a EPA certified lab and reported
    a thermal efficiency, using low heat value, of 87 percent.

    After Gullett's report, the EPA pulled the efficiency rating from its Burn
    Wise website and posted the following message:

    "Energy efficiency numbers that have been calculated using the current test
    procedure are generating numbers that do not represent actual efficiencies.
    As such, we have taken down the efficiency column from this web site. Please
    bear with us while we review this issue."

    If Central boiler is claiming the federal tax credit for their so called clearer boilers they are doing so illegally. Utah lawmakers you may want to do your homework before taking lobby money from HPBA.

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    March 8, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    1. The article says Mr. Leavitt lives in Provo, not St. George. He lives in the middle of the city that had the worst pollution in the state and nation for much of last winter. The law allows boilers in areas where the air standards are met, just not in areas that can't meet the standards.
    2. The rule is on the states rules page under R307-208. It allows people who have them in bad air areas to replace them in the future with clean ones. It allows clean ones all over the state. It doesn't ban them anywhere except where the air is too polluted to allow them.
    3. According to the record for the board of air quality who made the rule, Mr. Leavitt opposed the rule when it was about to be made final even though he didn't bother showing up at two hearings they held. It also says he represents Central Boiler Company of Minnesota who wants to sell them here in Utah. Does Mike Noel represent a Minnesota Company or the citizens of Utah? Did Mr. Noel see the inversion this past winter. Did he hear the voice of the people?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 8, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    Makes sense to remove the ban on furnaces and industrial use hundreds of miles from the SL Valley inversions. When we have forest fires withing 20 miles of the city it doesn't generate pollution alarms so what it the logic of the ban on smoke stacks hundreds of miles away in limited use?

    The Salt Lake Valley winter pollution is generated in SL Valley, not St George etc. The illness and death scares are government and development generated. The legislators and lobbyist are looking in the bottom of the barrel for excuses of dependability for the SLC and County responsible for allowing uncontrolled pollution development to reign terror on our health as they try to blame other proven safe compliance as responsible. Personal vehicles are no longer attributable as polluters, federal laws and state testing has proven that.

    Now we have to convince legislators the polluters are development and government.