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The NSPS Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New Source Performance Standards, (NSPS) the program which governs emissions for wood burning appliances, is undergoing its first revision in 20 years. Initiated in 1988, the NSPS controls the sale and import of "wood heaters," also known as wood stoves.

HPBA's Position Statement

Since this revision may impact all wood burning appliances, the HPBA Board of Directors has asked its members to partner with the association in the fight against results that could be potentially harmful for our industry. Our legal, research and legislative staff are working hard to effect a positive outcome for our industry and our members.

This initiative has spanned several years and involves a substantial amount of legal advice and technical input. With your help, we know we can influence the NSPS process to result in a revision that will reflect the wishes and needs of our industry. We could not do this alone!

The EPA released the proposed NSPS on January 3, 2014. The full proposal and fact sheets can be found on EPA's website and resource page.

HPBA members affected by the NSPS can access the members-only section through the Solid Fuel Section page on MyHPBA to see the latest developments in this process.

If you are not a member of the association and want to join, send us an email at If you are currently a member, but have lost or forgot your password for MyHPBA, please contact Ian Glowacki for access instructions.

If you have any other questions, please send us an email at:


Legislation: Wood Stove Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 4407)

Mr. Luetkemyer (R-MO) introduced legislation with cosponsor Rep. Harper (R-MS) on April 4, 2014.

The Bill HR 4407

HPBA One-Pager

What you can do to help


Bipartisan Support from the Hill

Many U.S. Congressmen have already voiced their support by sending letters to EPA Administrator McCarthy. Below are the letters that have come to our attention. Thank you to all Members of Congress who support the hearth industry!

Senator Thune (R-SD) Press Release

Senator McCaskill (D-MO) Press Release

Senator Collins (R-ME) and Senator King (I-ME) Press Releases

Representative Benishek (R-MI) and Representative Ribble (R-WI) Press Release

Representative Daines (R-MT) Press Release

Representative Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Press Release


Documents And Updates

NSPS Proposed Timeline

  • EPA Prepares Rule Draft: 2009 -- 2012
  • Draft Rule Released for Public Comments: Summer 2012
  • Final Notice and New NSPS:  Late 2013

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