by John Galt
July 12, 2012 05:00 ET
If you think you can escape the grasp of the regulatory monster, think again. The following is a proposal for revisions to the emissions standards for new wood heaters, but when you read the proposal it is not rocket science to figure out that this engulfs wood stoves and fireplaces (aka, “masonry heaters”) putting the EPA squarely in the middle of a prospective homeowners desire to build a truly energy independent homestead from the ground up. From the EPA website, link at the title below:
a.k.a. NSPS Review for Residential Wood Heaters (subpart AAA, subpart QQQQ, and subpart RRRR)
Docket No.: EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0734
Current Phase: Pre-Proposal
EPA is revising the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new residential wood heaters. This action is necessary because it updates the 1988 NSPS to reflect significant advancements in wood heater technologies and design, broaden the range of residential wood heating appliances covered by the regulation, and improve and streamline implementation procedures.
This rule is expected to require manufacturers to redesign wood heaters to be cleaner and lower emitting. In general, the design changes would also make the heaters perform better and be more efficient. The revisions are also expected to retain the requirement for manufacturers to contract for testing of model lines by third-party independent laboratories, report the results to EPA, and label the models accordingly. New residential hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces and new residential masonry heaters would also be regulated by this action. These standards would apply only to new residential wood heaters and not to existing residential wood heating appliances.