EPA proposes new woodstove, heater standards for 2015
The U.S. EPA has released its New Source Performance Standards proposed rule for new woodstoves and heaters. The new requirements would apply only to certain appliances manufactured beginning in 2015. They would not affect heaters and stoves already in use or currently for sale.
The proposed rule applies to several types of wood-fired heaters, including pellet stoves, wood stoves, fireplace inserts, indoor and outdoor wood boilers or hydronic heaters, forced-air furnaces and masonry heaters. The EPA said most residential wood heaters already meet the first set of proposed standards, which would be phased in over five years to allow manufacturers time to adapt emission control technologies to their models.