The Bloomberg administration is proposing new rules to rid the city of dirty heating oil that emits unhealthy black smoke into the air. But it turns out the city itself is one of the worst offenders when it comes to burning the filthy fuel.
The city is proposing to ban the dirtiest type of heating oil by 2015. By 2030, only oil with lowest level of sulfur or natural gas will be allowed.
City officials say there are 455 city-owned buildings that use the two worst kinds of heating oils: number four and number six. In all, there are said to be close to 9,000 buildings citywide that do the same.
"These buildings burning four and six oil create more air pollution than all the cars and trucks combined in the city," said Isabelle Silverman of the Environmental Defense Fund.
A spokesman for the DEP says city buildings would not be exempt from the new regulations.