A proposed edict would crack down on wood and coal stoves and ovens in New York City, forcing eateries serving up iconic wood-fired pizzas to install expensive emission-control devices in their kitchens.
“All New Yorkers deserve to breathe healthy air and wood and coal-fired stoves are among the largest contributors of harmful pollutants in neighborhoods with poor air quality,” the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokesman, Ted Timbers, said in a statement cited by the New York Post.
The proposed mandate is challenging pizzerias to reduce their emissions by 75%, requiring owners to hire an engineer or architect to assess the feasibility of installing costly emission-control devices in their establishments, the outlet stated. If a reduction of 75% or more cannot be achieved, or if experts determine the establishment cannot install an air filtration device, the DEP will require a reduction of carbon emissions totaling at least 25% or “an explanation for why no emission controls can be installed,” the outlet reported. (RELATED: Cori Bush Says Ban On Gas Stoves Is Actually Just ‘Regulating Indoor Air Pollution’)
“This common-sense rule, developed with restaurant and environmental justice groups, requires a professional review of whether installing emission controls is feasible,” Timbers said