On Feb. 3, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed to amend Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters. The revision will add two new subparts:
• Standards of Performance for New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces
• Standards of Performance for New Residential Masonry Heaters
The proposal is aimed at achieving several objectives for new residential wood heaters and other wood-burning appliances, including:
• applying updated emission limits that reflect the current best systems of emission reduction
• eliminating exemptions over a broad suite of residential wood combustion devices
• strengthening some test methods
• streamlining the certification process
The proposal does not include any requirements for heaters solely fired by gas, oil, or coal. It does not include requirements for appliances that are already in use.
The EPA continues to encourage governmental and consumer efforts to replace older heaters with newer, cleaner, more efficient heaters, but that is not part of this federal rulemaking.
Because particulate pollution from wood heaters is a significant air pollution problem and human health issue. EPA said the health benefits associated with the proposed regulations are valued much more highly than the cost to manufacture cleaner, lower-emitting appliances.
The proposed regulations would significantly reduce these appliances' emissions of:
• particulate matter (PM)
• carbon monoxide (CO)
• volatile organic compounds (VOC)
• hazardous air pollutants (HAP)
The EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule on Feb. 26, 2014, in Boston.
Comments on the proposal may be submitted on or before May 5, 2014. EPA said that, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, comments on the information collection provisions are best assured of having full effect if the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) receives a copy of comments on or before March 5, 2014.
To see the entire proposed rule as published in the Federal Register,
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