Local Health Officer Training
Section 6: You Make the Call
Case Study 3 - Outdoor Wood Boiler (continued)
Once you have an understanding of the allowances and rules, visit the owner of the OWB, preferably with the fire chief. You may want to observe the location, and other compliances of the rule. It is important to have the fire chief present, because the fire chief has the experience and expertise in fire safety and fires. Present the complaint to the owner. Armed with what the rules allow, you and the fire chief should be able to make a decision regarding the validity of the complaint.
Special Outdoor Wood Boiler Considerations
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) understands that some outdoor boilers are causing air quality problems. Some existing boilers are not as efficient as the newer OWB, which are designed to reduce the particulate matter and hydrocarbons in their exhaust.
Emissions from outdoor wood boilers can sometimes cause air pollution problems when not sited, installed, or operated properly. New state regulations have addressed these concerns by implementing strategies to reduce emissions along with siting requirements for new OWBs and operational practices for both existing and new outdoor wood boilers. The rule addresses the need for cleaner burning units, establishing emission limits that new outdoor wood boilers must meet beginning in April 2008.
Complainants can also call the Department of Environmental Protection toll free -
Augusta: 1-800 452-1942
Presque Isle: 1-800 769-1053
Persons who have complaints can report them directly to the Department of Environmental Protection on the Internet. http://www.maine.gov/dep/air/woodsmoke/woodcombustion.html