Town of Longmeadow
Board of Health
Regulation to Ban Outdoor Wood Boilers and Outdoor Wood Furnaces
1.Authority and Provisions
Outdoor wood boilers and outdoor wood furnaces have been demonstrated, by their designs, to emit concentrations of particulate matter and noxious gases that exceed the maximum concentration levels allowable under the United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations/guidelines and pose a risk to human health.
Therefore, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111, Section 31C, the Town of Longmeadow Board of Health hereby bans the new installation, maintenance and operation of outdoor wood boilers and outdoor wood furnaces in the Town of Longmeadow. For the purposes of this regulation outdoor wood boilers and outdoor wood furnaces are wood-fired devices that are located outdoors (usually enclosed in a shed), are separate from the indoor building or structure to be heated, and heat water which is carried by pipes to such building or structure for the purpose of providing heat and/or hot water.
In the case of any outdoor wood boilers and outdoor wood furnaces already installed in the Town of Longmeadow, such devices must be abandoned and dismantled within 30 days of the effective date of this regulation.
- a. In the case of the first violation, a fine of $100.00
- b. In the case of a second violation, a fine of $200.00.
- c. In the case of third or more violations, a fine of $300.00
Each day any violation continues shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
- Non-Criminal Disposition:
Whosoever violates any provision of this regulation may be penalized by the non-criminal method of disposition as provided in the Mass. General Laws. Chapter 40, Section 21D or by filing a criminal complaint at the appropriate venue.
Enforcement of this regulation shall be by the Board of Health of Longmeadow or its designated agents.
Any person may bring to the attention of the Board of Health any alleged violations of these regulations and upon receipt of such allegations the Board of Health shall undertake whatever investigation and enforcement it deems appropriate.
- 5. Severability
If any provision of these regulations is declared invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions shall not be affected thereby but shall continue in full force and effect.
LONGMEADOW BOARD OF HEALTH
Date of Hearing: January 22, 2007