Wood heater regulations on new EPA air chief’s agenda

EPA is working on easing emissions requirements for the wood stove industry outlined in 2015 New Source Performance Standards.

The Obama-era rule was the first update to the stove standards since 1988 and would have required the redesign of wood-heating appliances to reduce fine particle pollution, which poses risks to heart and lung health. The rule would have also increased appliances’ performance and made them more efficient.

The agency under the Trump administration has proposed extending the amount of time higher emitting hydronic heaters and forced air furnaces can stay on the market. The rule would allow units manufactured before a May 2020 compliance date to be sold for two additional years.

The agency also sought comment on whether it should extend the amount of time retailers could sell their existing inventory and whether the agency should amend its pellet fuel requirements (E&E News PM, Nov. 26, 2018). EPA estimates the final rule will be done in October. More >>