After legal pressure from environmental groups and seven states including Oregon, the Environmental Protection Agency is now proposing stricter standards for new woods stoves and heaters.
The EPA announced Friday it’s proposing updated standards to reduce air pollution by wood stoves and wood heaters, which are popular and prevalent in the Northwest, especially rural areas. The new regulations won’t go into effect until 2015 and will only impact new stoves and heaters.
In Oregon, homes with wood burning stoves that don’t meet performance standards under the Clean Air Act have to be removed before the property is sold. So the standards for what type of stove you can have in a house you sell will be going up. Oregon officials told Northwest Watchdog this is just what they were looking for.