EPA Wants To Regulate Americans Burning Wood

Barbara Hollingsworth
Fox Nation
November 15, 2013

A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by seven states is seeking to force the federal agency to impose stringent new regulations on residential wood-burning heaters, which they claim “can increase particle pollution to levels that cause significant health concerns.”

The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, is directed against currently unregulated “indoor and outdoor wood boilers,” which have become an increasingly popular way to heat homes, particularly in rural areas.

A related suit was filed by the environmental group Earthjustice.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) reported that 2.4 million housing units – or 12 percent of all American homes - now burn wood as their main heating fuel, compared to 7 percent heated with fuel oil.

Although wood is a renewable resource, “EPA estimates that outdoor wood boilers will produce more than 20 percent of wood burning emissions by 2017,” the lawsuit claims.

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