NYC Restricts Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens Due to Emissions

Wood-fired furnaces have now replaced gas stoves. To cut carbon emissions by as much as 75%, New York City will take tougher measures against wood-fired pizzerias.

NYC Implements New Regulations

According to Ted Timbers, the Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, all New Yorkers ought an opportunity to inhale clean air.

Firewood and coal-fired ovens constitute some of the biggest sources of polluting substances in communities with poor air quality. He stated this in an address to the New York Post on Sunday.

Timbers went on to say this sensible regulation was created in collaboration with environmental justice and restaurant advocacy groups. It calls for a professional assessment of the viability of implementing emission measures.

The New York Post reports that some restaurant owners are presently in negotiations with DEP representatives.

Famous pizzerias like Grimaldis, Arturo’s, Lombardi’s, and others that are well-known for their delicious wood-fired pizzas could be excluded from the requirement.

According to a planned city ordinance aimed at coal-and-wood-fired ovens that emit pollutants, famous Big Apple pizzerias would be required to serve up mountains of dough, The Post has learned.

New regulations proposed by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection would require restaurants to utilize the decades-old baking technique to reduce the release of carbon by up to 75%.

The proprietor of one Brooklyn pizzeria claims he already spent $20,000 on an air filtration system in preparation for the upcoming requirement.

The law may oblige pizzerias that had these ovens constructed earlier than May 2016 to purchase expensive emission-control technologies.

Businesses Affected

Some other well-known pizzerias that are feeling the heat consist of the following:

Lombardi’s in Little Italy, Grimaldi’s close to the Brooklyn Bridge, John’s of Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, and Arturo’s in Soho Patsy’s in Turtle Bay and the Upper West Side.

These pizzerias take pride in baking their pizzas in coal-and-wood-fired ovens. A local official estimated less than 100 establishments would be affected overall.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.