States and public advocacy groups are demanding the US Environmental Protection Agency update new source performance standards (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. This is the 25-year-old federal program used to “certify” woodstoves. The Clean Air Act requires EPA review and revise the standard every 8 years.
The states and groups argue that residential wood heaters are fired up much more frequently since the rules were crafted in 1988, including a “dramatic increase” from the exempted category of hydronic heaters, also called wood boilers.
The states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts, as well as the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency of Washington State, sent notice August 1 that they plan to sue for EPA’s lack of promulgating new source standards for residential wood heaters as required by the Clean Air Act. Attorneys General NOI to EPA on NSPS (missing some pages).
On the same day, four organizations sent EPA a similar 60-day notice: American Lung Association, Clean Air Council, Environmental Defense Fund, and Environment and Human Health, Inc. NGO NOI to EPA on NSPS (missing some pages).
Wood burning devices contribute between 62 and 81 percent of winter fine particulate air pollution in Fairbanks and North Pole.