JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (February 23, 2014) A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to clean up smoke from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers.
The proposed EPA regulations would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed to flow from new residential wood-powered heaters.
Some manufacturers contend the proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or make their products unaffordable to lower- and middle-income consumers.
In Missouri, some lawmakers are fighting back with state legislation seeking to discourage the enforcement of tougher standards on wood-burning stoves.
Concerns over wood-stove pollution and regulations also have been simmering in other states, including in some places where local officials are pushing for stronger environmental standards.