Peterson, Griffith lead letter to EPA that fights for wood heater manufacturers

April 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON-Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) and H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) led a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to provide better certainty for wood heater manufactures across the United States.

The letter asks the EPA to finalize the proposed rule as soon as possible and include wood and pellet stoves in the final rule. These models were left out of the proposed sell-through rule.

“I am proud to lead this bipartisan letter that seeks to help our Minnesota wood heater manufacturers and retailers,” said Peterson. “These businesses provide good-paying, valuable jobs in rural communities that are struggling to make ends meet. Our letter supports those businesses and the economic benefits they provide to my constituents.”

“Wood and pellet stoves provide an affordable source of heat to many. Our letter to the Environmental Protection Agency simply asks that more time be provided for manufacturers and retailers to transition to the new regulations,” said Griffith. “This fix will provide industry the ability to both sell existing inventories and develop compliant products, maintaining their availability as a valuable heating source.”

The EPA regulates the amount of particulate matter that is released in the air from new residential wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces within a two-step regulation known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). Step 1 came into effect in May 2015, while Step 2 will come into effect in May 2020. Wood heater manufacturers across the country are having difficulties designing models that comply with the Step 2 requirements and have asked for more time to research and develop models that meet the air emissions regulation.