Project Profile: Banishing N. Y. Schools’
Ancient Coal Furnaces Making Clean Air a Reality for Kids
Children at public schools in New York City and
Buffalo and on Long Island are breathing easier thanks to two Power
Authority-administered programs to replace old, polluting coal-fired
furnaces with clean natural gas- and oil-fueled boilers.
Coal furnaces at 74 schools have been replaced
under the Clean Air for Schools Program, using funds from Governor
George E. Pataki’s Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996.
Separately, NYPA oversaw replacement of coal
burning furnaces at 12 New York City schools under a $14 million pilot
program using NYPA funds and money provided through a federal program to
recover overcharges from oil companies (the Petroleum Overcharge
Some of the units being replaced date to the early
years of the 20th century. Replacing the furnaces has eliminated the
emission of hundreds of tons of sulfur dioxide and other pollutants.
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