Montreal harmonize the wood burning bylaw with NEW EPA standards of 4.5g/h.
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The Coderre administration “went too far” (https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/oct-1-wood-burning-deadline-turns-up-the-heat-on-montreals-fireplace-owners according to ANDRÉ Belisle, president of the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique when Montréal adopted a norm that was even stricter than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new norm of 4.5 g/h. Also, M. Belisle said that the “difference between 2.5 and 4.5 g/h is INSIGNIFICANT”.
This bylaw hurts hard working families that are trying to keep themselves warm during the Winter. Families that Montréal wants to keep & stop from moving away from the city. We are asking Valérie Plante to listen to the people and to correct the error of the Coderre administration by changing the bylaw to 4.5 g/h on October 1, 2018. Many of the presently installed EPA wood and EPA pellet stoves actually emit far less than 4.5 g/h. Should homeowners have to replace costly appliances for the difference of up to 2 g/h? NO ! The bylaw is illogical.
Businesses, such as restaurants and bagel shops are exempt all year long! Why should they be exempt? Montréal’s 15 demerged municipalities are exempt also. Off island is exempt also. If I can’t burn wood in my EPA STOVE then all businesses should be banned from burning wood!
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