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McDonald sets meeting on outdoor boilers

Published: Thu, December 4, 2008 @ 6:00 a.m.

McDONALD — Village Council is planning a public meeting next month regarding the use of outdoor wood boilers.

Some residents will likely use the devices as an alternative heating source for their homes while trying to get around anticipated high natural gas bills this winter, but some people don’t always use them properly, Councilman Scott W. Seitz said.

The boilers emit a lot of smoke, which can be a problem or health concern for neighbors, said Seitz, who also heads council’s planning commission.

No date has been set for the session.


1VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

They should install scrubbers on the stacks to eliminate the smoke and cooling towers to cool off super heated water before dumping into our streams!

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2ceash(10 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

As a resident of McDonald, this seems to be a minor issue. You can smell wood smoke on any night of the week from people burning fireplaces which are not regulated. I think adding strict regulations for wood boilers would force people to burn fires indoors, where many of of the houses have unlined 80 year old chimmneys. On the other hand, some restrictions on distance from structures, chimney height and spark arrestors might be reasonable. McDonald needs to strike a fair balance on regulation.

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