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9,000 NYC Buildings Burning Dirty Heating Oil Identified in New Report
Date:12/17/2009

are nine times higher than other U.S. cities.

"Dirty heating oil produces toxic pollution that millions of New Yorkers are forced to breathe every day," concluded Isabelle Silverman, a co-author of the report and an attorney for Environmental Defense Fund. "Our government banned leaded gasoline in cars and now requires cleaner diesel fuel used in trucks and construction equipment to protect human health, so by the same token, the city government should phase out the use of dirty heating oil. EDF stands ready to help city policy makers, building owners and managers to complete the job by 2020."

To encourage conversion now, EDF also launched today a web site (www.edf.org/dirtybuildings) that allows tenants to check if their building is burning dirty heating oil and offers advice on how to convert their building if it does so. Most burners that were installed during the last 15 years can burn any of the three heating oil grades (No. 2, 4 or 6) or natural gas. Low income buildings can apply for boiler and burner replacement funding available from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The EDF report recommends a 10-year window for building owners to convert from No. 4 and No. 6 oil to much cleaner No. 2 oil or natural gas. The switch would r
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