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EPA Releases NSPS Proposal

EPA Releases NSPS Proposal

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EPA Proposed Rule Will Affect Many Categories of Solid Fuel Burning Products

On Friday, January 3, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the formal draft of their revisions to the New Source Performance Standards for Wood Heaters (NSPS). The proposal will be formally published in the Federal Register later this month. Publication in the Federal Register will begin the formal comment period for which HPBA has been preparing over the last four years. The rule contains many potential changes to how the industry will do business and how wood burning products are to be certified. This proposal will impact all woodstoves, pellet stoves, and hydronic heaters made in the future.

During the coming months, HPBA will holding meetings for manufacturers, by Sections, to review the industry position and its comments on the matter. HPBA, in coordination with the Small Business Administration, will soon be scheduling a webinar on how manufacturers can provide comments to EPA.

There will be an EPA-hosted public hearing on February 26, 2014 in Boston, MA to discuss the NSPS. The hearing location and registration information for individuals who wish to present oral testimony can be found here.

We urge affected members to review the proposed NSPS in full, along with the accompanying fact sheets, to completely understand the package. HPBA staff will keep affected members informed of any further developments.

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