Issue Overview

HPBA has supported reasonable standards for wo od and pellet-fueled appliances to burn more cleanly and efficiently for more than 30 years and worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to achieve these results. All of today's low-emission woodburning appliances produce significantly less smoke and particulate emissions than older products. Hearth manufacturer and retailer members have benefited from HPBA's efforts, and homeowners have enjoyed new technologies to conserve energy and burn cleaner.

Additional Consumer Information

February 2019 Update 

On January 14th, 2019, HPBA filed comments on the EPA’s proposal to establish a sell-through period for some of the products that currently cannot be manufactured or sold after May 15, 2020. The proposal provides retail sell-through of two years (until May 15, 2022) for only hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces. HPBA urged EPA in our comments to provide sell-through for all products impacted by the NSPS, including wood and pellet stoves, and to do so as quickly as possible.

While we hope that EPA will quickly review comments and publish an appropriate final rule, the shutdown of parts of the U.S. government, including the EPA, has undoubtedly extended that process. Due in part to the shutdown, EPA is going to briefly reopen the comment period this month for approximately five days. Given these factors, HPBA does not anticipate a final decision on retail sell-through before HPBExpo. Retailers are reminded that, until EPA decides otherwise, all products for sale on May 15, 2020, must be certified to the Step 2 targets. HPBA will file comments in mid-February on a separate set of concerns, which may be part of a longer-term rulemaking and cover many technical issues. For any questions about the NSPS comments, please contact John Crouch

What You Need to Know 

  • The EPA updated the NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters in March 2015, which was the first update to the rule for woodstoves since 1988. Wood and pellet stoves were required to meet new emission targets, and hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces became newly-regulated
  • Step 1 of the NSPS came into effect May 15, 2015 and Step 2 will come into effect May 15, 2020.
  • HPBA has significant concerns about the lack of sell-through time for EPA-certified products that meet today’s Step 1 standards but don’t yet meet the Step 2 requirements.
  • On November 30, 2018, the EPA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a sell-through period of two years, until May 15, 2022, for the sale of Step 1 hydronic heaters and furnaces, but not for wood and pellet stoves.