EPA Tightening Regulations on Wood Stoves

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations could change the way you heat your home.

The new regulations would lower the level of emissions wood stoves can release.

Forbes Magazine reports that the regulations would ban the production and sale of 80 percent of the types of stoves people currently use.

Dottie Chaplin has been using wood stoves since she was a little girl and said most of her neighbors also use wood stoves to heat their homes; however, the new EPA regulations will make most of their stoves obsolete.

The regulations would decrease the emissions allowed from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to 12, meaning that now many people would not be able to buy the same wood stoves they're already using and companies would not be able to make them.

Chaplin said for her, the decision to use wood fire heat is easy.

"We do have the heat, we don't have to worry about our home being cold or the pipes busting or freezing. It's very efficient as far as families on a budget. It's very cost-effective. So for us, we enjoy it," said Dottie Chaplin. "Basically it's just like anything else that you're going to go out and purchase, it's going to have restrictions on it. But I think with the maintenance and upkeep, it's going to be more efficient to use."

The 2010 census showed that wood is the fastest-growing home heating fuel.

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