The Environmental Protection Agency is hypocritically overreaching again in the name of protecting our environment and our citizens. Off the Grid News recently reported the EPA is about to finalize a set of regulations in February that will effectively ban the production of about 80% of the wood and pellet burning stoves and furnaces in America. One furnace company has already advertised that its classic outdoor furnaces will be outlawed by the new regulations and will no longer be available later this spring.
The EPA argues that such a ban would improve air quality, requiring that any wood furnaces used from now on must burn 85% more efficiently. The new regulations will prohibit the sale or trading in of old wood stoves. Currently, about 12% of homes in America rely upon wood as their primary source of heat.
Columnist Larry Bell of Forbes.com recently wrote, “It seems that even wood is not green or renewable enough any more…. [It’s] the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the America West.”
Some local and state governments in Washington State and Utah have already applied wood burning bans which are even stricter than the new EPA rules.