EPA Proposes New Regulations For Wood Stoves

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a wood stove to heat your home you may want to do it soon. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new regulations for wood stoves that would take effect in 2015.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would reduce the maximum amount of fine particulate emissions allowed for new stoves sold in 2015 and 2019.

Maximum emissions would be reduced by one-third next year and by 80 percent in five years, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. (Read More)

They say the increase in the cost of the wood stoves would be made up for by lower health care costs. They use that justification for everything.

Oh, and did I mention that in Oregon, even if you buy a wood stove that’s compliant today, if you go to sell your house you’ll have to buy a new wood stove that meets EPA standards, or at least get rid of the offending wood burner.

In Oregon, homes with wood burning stoves that don’t meet performance standards under the Clean Air Act have to be removed before the property is sold. So the standards for what type of stove you can have in a house you sell will be going up. Oregon officials told Northwest Watchdog this is just what they were looking for.

“We are pleased EPA has performed its long-overdue review of wood stove emissions rules, which was indeed the purpose of the suit Oregon joined,” Michael Kron, acting communications director for the Oregon Department of Justice, told Northwest Watchdog. (Read More)

EPA policies are driving up the cost of home heating. So people are turning to wood and now they want to make that more expensive. But they say it’s for our own good. I think they really do hate us.

Update: Today it’s wood stoves they’re talking about. How long do you think it will be until they propose banning wood burning fireplaces?