Changes were made to the solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulation to improve air quality in BC communities where there are higher levels of particulate matter due to residential wood burning. Wood burning appliances, such as wood and pellet stoves, will have to meet stricter emissions standards recently adopted by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Other changes to the updated regulation include:
- Requiring outdoor wood boilers to be installed to minimize risks to neighbours and the community
- Subjecting new outdoor boilers to a specific setback from property lines
- Setting a sunset date for high-emitting outdoor boilers that will see them banned in 10 years
- Clarifying what fuels can and can’t be burned in an appliance
- Creating 15 new offences under the Environmental Management Act.