Proposed wood burning regulations spark backlash

02/24/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Jefferson City, MO – Proposed federal regulations designed to reduce particle pollution from wood-burning stoves have sparked backlash from many. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), some residents in rural areas, lawmakers, and others have expressed concerns that the measures would hinder the ability of some to heat their homes in cold weather conditions.

Standards outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are too strict, some manufacturers allege, potentially forcing higher production costs that would put them out of business.

Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, is quoted by the AP as stating, “There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knoll of any wood burning.”

As noted in the report, Missouri is one of the first states to counter the EPA’s proposed regulations with a response. A bill has been co-sponsored by lawmakers in the state declaring, “All Missourians have a right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces and heaters.”

A public hearing has been scheduled by the EPA regarding the proposed regulations in Boston next week.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Missouri Legal News

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