Wood Burning Stoves To Become Illegal
I grew up in a house with a wood burning stove. We used to bring our mattresses downstairs on “TV nights” and fall asleep in front of the TV and stove. My mom still has a wood stove in the living room. We gather around it for Christmas pictures. Imagine my surprise when I read this:
If the EPA has its way, however, heating your home self-sufficiently with wood could soon become illegal â or at the very least, insanely expensive.
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Shortly after the re-election of President Obama, the agency announced new radical environmental regulations that threaten to effect people who live off the grid. The EPAâs new environmental regulations reduce the amount of airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms to 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air.
This means that most wood burning stoves would now fall into a class that would deemed unacceptable under these new draconian measures. The EPA has even launched a nifty new website calledÂ BurnÂ WiseÂ to try to sway public opinion.
On their site, while trying to convince people to get rid of their old stoves and buy the new EPA-certified stoves, they state that these older stove must be scrapped and cannot be resold.
From the EPA Site:
The local air pollution agency says I canât sell my old wood stove to help pay for an EPA-certified wood stove.Â Why is that?
Replacing an older stove with a cleaner-burning stove will not improve air quality if the older stove is reused somewhere else.Â For this reason, wood stove change out programs usually require older stoves to be destroyed and recycled as scrap metal, or rendered inoperable. (source)
And here is the information right fromÂ the EPA:
Enclosed is the list of wood stoves certified by the United States Environmental Protection AgencyÂ (EPA). The EPA Certified Wood Stoveslist contains information about wood stoves or wood heatingÂ appliances that have been certified by the EPA along with its manufacturer name, model name, emissionÂ rate (g/hr), heat output (btu/hr), efficiency (actual measured and estimated), and type of appliance. It alsoÂ indicates whether the appliance is still being manufactured. An EPA certified wood stove or woodÂ heating appliance has been independently tested by an accredited laboratory to determine whether itÂ meets the particulate emissions limit of 7.5* grams per hour for noncatalytic wood stoves and 4.1* gramsÂ per hour for catalytic wood stoves. All wood heating appliances that are offered for sale in the UnitedÂ States are subject to the New Source Performance Standard for New Residential Wood Heaters under theÂ Clean Air Act and are required to meet these emission limits. An EPA certified wood stove can beÂ identified by a temporary paper label attached to the front of the wood stove and a permanent metal labelÂ affixed to the back or side of the wood stove.
See the EPAâs list of acceptable woodstovesÂ HERE.
One of the easiest ways for the government to force this issue is through homeownerâs insurance policies. If you have a mortgage, you have absolutely no option but to carry homeownerâs insurance. Â Even if you own you homestead outright, most people consider insuring their homes and property to be a vital safety net. When your policy comes up for annual renewal, the insurance company can require an inspection of your home. At that time, compliance can easily be forced by either charging insanely high rates or through the cancellation of the policies of those who have âoutdatedâ woodstoves.
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