From The Register Guard, Eugene, Ore. Feb 24, 2016, Federal wood-stove rule spawns rural outcry. Click HERE to read the article.
From Green News, January 30, 2014, EPA Wood Stove Bans Include 80 Percent Of Burners Now On The Market. Click HERE to read the article.
From Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, January 3, 2014
EPA Proposed Rule Will Affect Many Categories of Solid Fuel Burning Products
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the formal draft of their revisions to the New Source Performance Standards for Wood Heaters (NSPS). The proposal will be formally published in the Federal Register later this month. Publication in the Federal Register will begin the formal comment period for which HPBA has been preparing over the last four years. The rule contains many potential changes to how the industry will do business and how wood burning products are to be certified. This proposal will impact all woodstoves, pellet stoves, and hydronic heaters made in the future.
During the coming months, HPBA will holding meetings for manufacturers, by Sections, to review the industry position and its comments on the matter. HPBA also has an offer from the Small Business Adminstration to co-sponsor a webinar on how manufacturers can provide comments. That session will be scheduled soon. A fact sheet on the proposal is located here: www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-12/documents/proposed_wood_heater_nsps_overview_fact_sheet_1.pdf. HPBA does urge its members, however, to download and read the entire document. The complete proposal can be accessed at http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-01/documents/proposedrule.pdf.
Retailers and reps will be able to learn more about this package at the special education session that will be at HPBExpo on Friday, March 7. In the meantime, HPBA will keep its members up to date on any further developments.
From Oregon Dept. of Energy, Dec. 30, 2013
The Oregon Department of Energy filed permanent rules for the Residential Energy Tax Credit program today. The rule amendments go into effect January 1, 2014. The permanent rules reduce the solar photovoltaic incentive rate and rework the incentive calculation for wood and pellet stoves. The rule also updates rule language to disallow receiving multiple incentives from the department and defines a single system. For solar photovoltaic projects, the rules require a retail-pricing breakout for material and labor/installation.
For more information about this rulemaking visit the Oregon Department of Energy online at: http://www.oregon.gov/energy/CONS/Pages/Rulemaking-RETC.aspx
From NW Watchdog, Nov 28, 2013 "Oregonians could face new wood stove regulations"
From The Oregonian (Oregon Live), "Oregon Fire Marshall Offers Safety Tips"
From Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Nov. 11, 2013, "Clearing the Air Over Wood Stove Smoke"
From The Roseburg News Review, Nov. 4, 2013, By Christina George, "Oregon Joins Other States in Taking EPA to the Woodshed" Note: it is not accurate that HPBA has joined the lawsuit, that is an error by the reporter.
OHPBA Statement Regarding Wood Stove Regulations
The hearth industry, both at the national level and in Oregon, was not surprised by this news. The purpose of the lawsuit, as indicated in the release itself, is to call attention to the apparent lack of progress by the EPA on revising woodstove emission standards. The facts are that the EPA has been in the process of drafting new standards through a process called "NSPS" for several years - they are hardly doing nothing about it. In addition, our industry has been instrumental in assisting the EPA and its partners in helping draft new standards that will eventually result in lower emissions for new models of wood and pellet stoves. Also, NSPS rules will promulgate heating efficiencies associated with wood and pellet stoves which will help consumers make educated choices on hearth appliances.
However, this press release will cause consumers to question whether wood and pellet stoves will be legal at all in the future. That is extremely misleading. Biomass energy is part of the solution to our country's energy needs, along with wind, solar, wave energy, hydropower, and geothermal energy.
We feel the most cost way to reduce emissions from woodstoves is to target the uncertified, older stoves that are already in people's homes. These stoves put out dramatically more particulate matter than newer stoves. In addition, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality should put more effort into enforcing the woodstove laws that we already have; primarily by go after people who illegally sell uncertified stoves.
It will cost the hearth products industry millions of dollars to meet the proposed standards that are likely coming our way. What's more, consumer choice will also be reduced dramatically which is a significant burden especially for people in rural areas who rely on relatively inexpensive biomass heat.
EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards -
Release Date: 06/15/2012
WASHINGTON – In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed updates to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot (known as PM2.5). These microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and have been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. A federal court ruling required EPA to update the standard based on best available science. Today’s proposal, which meets that requirement, builds on smart steps already taken by the EPA to slash dangerous pollution in communities across the country. Thanks to these steps, 99 percent of U.S. counties are projected to meet the proposed standard without any additional action.
EPA’s proposal would strengthen the annual health standard for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5) to a level within a range of 13 micrograms per cubic meter to 12 micrograms per cubic meter. The current annual standard is 15 micrograms per cubic meter. The proposed changes, which are consistent with the advice from the agency’s independent science advisors, are based on an extensive body of scientific evidence that includes thousands of studies – including many large studies which show negative health impacts at lower levels than previously understood. By proposing a range, the agency will collect input from the public as well as a number of stakeholders, including industry and public health groups, to help determine the most appropriate final standard to protect public health. It is important to note that the proposal has zero effect on the existing daily standard for fine particles or the existing daily standard for coarse particles (PM10), both of which would remain unchanged.
Woodstove Changeout Wraps Up in Lane County
Lane County recently completed a woodstove changeout program. The effort was successful in reducing particulate emissions by over 10 tons per year. According to Lne Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA) 79 woodstoves were replaced in Oakridge and 137 in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove.
For media inquiries in Oregon on wood stoves, pellet stoves contact
Harvey Gail, Executive Director 503-585-8254
For national trends in woodstoves, pellet stoves, barbecues and outdoor living contact Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association
For questions about chimney safety, chimney cleaning or related issues contact Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
For information about the grill business see the 2012 State of the Barbecue Industry Report from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association