The Ridgway Township Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of repealing an outdoor wood burner ordinance and replacing it with ordinance No. 98.
The new ordinance will abide by regulations set by the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"DEP came out with regulations last October so our ordinance is in conflict with it and since they now have regulations we want to turn it over to them," said supervisor Millie Bowers.
DEP had adopted rules and regulations which address the use, construction, placement and fuels to be used in outdoor wood burners.
The township now chooses DEP to exercise sole oversight, regulation and enforcement relative to use in the township based upon their recently enacted rules and regulations.
"DEP has put in new guidelines on manufacturing standards on all kinds of things so it just seems it's better for them to administer that then for us to try and pick our way through it," said supervisor Sarah Dickinson.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
Ridgway Township Supervisors
Tuesday, Sept. 20