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Dealers get more time to sell older furnaces

ALBANY (AP) -- State environmental regulators are giving dealers more time to sell inventory of older, air-polluting outdoor wood furnaces before strict new emission standards take effect.

The American Lung Association and Environmental Advocates say the Department of Environmental Conservation's 90-day extension to sell existing stock will likely result in more people suffering health problems from breathing toxic smoke produced by the older wood-fired boilers.

The DEC's new regulations took effect Jan. 28. They require boilers to meet strict emissions standards, be set back at least 100 feet from the nearest property line, have a stack height of at least 18 feet and burn only clean, seasoned wood.

The ruling Friday allows dealers to sell older boilers currently in their showrooms until July 14. The new fuel and installation rules would still apply.


Deal preserves camps in exchange for land

RAY BROOK (AP) -- The Adirondack Park Agency has agreed to a deal preserving more than 200 private camps on conservation easement land and allowing 12 new camps to be built in exchange for 2,100 acres near the Deer River Flow that will be added to the state-owned Forest Preserve.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported Sunday that the park agency voted Friday to allow the North Carolina-based Heartwood Forestland Fund to retain the 208 hunting and fishing camps on 110,000 acres of easement lands formerly owned by Champion International in the northern Adirondacks.

Dan Plumley of Adirondack Wild said the public should have been given a chance to comment.

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