The EPA has banned the production and sale of the types of stoves used by about 80 percent of those with such stoves. The regulations limit the amount of “airborne fine-particle matter” to 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The current EPA regulations allow for 15 micrograms in the same amount of air space.
Most of the wood stoves currently nestled inside cabins and homes from coast-to-coast don’t meet the new environmental standard.
Trading in an old stove for a newer stove isn’t allowed.
“Replacing an older stove with a cleaner-burning stove will not improve air quality if the older stove is reused somewhere else,” the (EPA) website says. “For this reason, wood stove change out programs usually require older stoves to be destroyed and recycled as scrap metal, or rendered inoperable.”
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Oh but wait dear readers, now a bunch of State Attorney Generals are suing the EPA because it didn’t go far enough by also banning wood burning water heaters…
Only weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency effectively banned 80 percent of the wood-burning stoves money-saving Americans use to heat their homes, the attorneys general of seven states are suing to force the agency to crack down on wood-burning water heaters.
The lawsuit, filed last month by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – Democrats all, obviously – demands that the EPA start regulating the heaters. The plaintiffs claim the devices “increase particle pollution to levels that cause significant health concerns,” according to CNS News.
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Keep it up Democrats, election 2014 is coming and there might be some voter somewhere that you still haven’t pissed off enough.