Allegheny County to offer incentives to quit using woodstoves, wood-fired boilers

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The Allegheny County Health Department will offer cash incentives to county residents who turn in woodstoves and outdoor wood-fired boilers that do not meet national emission standards.

"Allegheny County has recently hit significant milestones in its air quality and we want to continue to encourage further improvements," County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement today.

Last month, Mr. Fitzgerald and the health department announced that, for the first time, every air monitoring site in Allegheny County met the federal standard for fine particulate pollution.

The county offered the woodstove and boiler return program last year, and is offering it again through a $75,000 grant from the Allegheny County Clean Air Fund, a news release from the county said.

“We have created these bounty programs in response to an increasing number of citizen complaints about wood-burning emissions and to help reduce the amount of smoke and fine particulate pollution that come from using such old wood-burning equipment,” Health Director Karen Hacker said in a statement. “Together, we can make a difference in reducing or eliminating fine particulate pollution.”

The Health Department will provide $500 for as many as five non-Phase II outdoor wood-fired boilers and a $200 gift card for as many as 200 uncertified woodstoves.

The gift cards are for Home Depot, Lowe's, Kmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, GetGo and Giant Eagle.

Allegheny County residents must register by May 9 for the program by calling 412-578-8106 or visiting

Those who register must turn in their woodstoves and boilers between 1 and 4 p.m. May 17 at the swimming pool parking lot on South Ridge Drive in North Park. Items will be processed by Tube City IMS at its West Mifflin Recycling Center, the county said.

Last year, 59 woodstoves and one outdoor wood-fired boiler were turned in through the program.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707. First Published April 1, 2014 9:36 AM

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