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

educe soot pollution from buildings burning No. 6 oil by 95 percent. Although No. 2 oil is about 10 percent more expensive to buy than No. 6 oil based on today's prices, the EDF report concludes that best maintenance practices and low-cost efficiency measures can significantly lower fuel usage and save buildings money. Natural gas is actually cheaper to buy than No. 4 or No. 6 oil.

A report released Tuesday by the New York City Department of Health (DOH) showed that buildings using the dirtiest heating oils-No. 4 and No. 6-are a major cause of the city's high air pollution levels. New York burns two out of every three gallons of this sludge used for heating in the United States. The DOH report shows the worst air pollution in the areas with the highest concentration of sludge burning buildings. The Upper East Side and Upper West Side are the areas with the highest concentration of sludge burning buildings in the city.

Some of the City's most iconic structures burn No. 6 oil in their boilers, including: the Flatiron Building (at 5th Avenue and 23rd St. in Manhattan), San Remo (at Central Park West between 74th and 75th streets), The Dakota (Central Park West at 72nd St.) and The Beresford (211 Central Park West).

The city has consistently received a failing grade for its air quality from the federal government in recent years. The hospitalization rate of children with asthma in the city is twice the national average.

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