Cold yet? Forced to fire up the old wood burning stove? Well, heat it up while you can, because the EPA is hoping to put a stop to that too.
Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT) is weighing in.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
DAINES CALLS FOR ANSWERS ON NEW EPA WOOD BURNING STOVE REGULATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Steve Daines has called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide clear answers on the agency’s proposed regulations on wood burning stoves, expressing his concerns that the new rule could affect Montanans’ access to affordable energy and limit their ability to use wood burning stoves.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Daines noted that numerous Montanans rely on wood-burning stoves to heat their homes, and expressed his concern that Montanans’ interests have not yet been taken into consideration as the rule has been formed. The proposed rule is projected to have a $15.7 million annual compliance cost.
“Thousands of Montanans use wood stoves to provide cost-effective heat, and there are questions and concerns about whether the proposed regulation will affect access to new residential wood heaters, or ultimately force consumers to pay higher prices,” Daines stated. “I believe it is crucial that the EPA consider the feasibility of implementing the proposed rule and whether the agency’s policies would reduce access to affordable, reliable wood stoves in the future.”
The proposed EPA regulations come on the heels of lawsuits filed in October 2013 by seven states and four groups. In its proposed 2014 rule, the EPA points out that litigation likewise contributed to its initial rule on wood-burning stoves in 1988. Daines’ letter to McCarthy comes after hearing from Montanans concerned that the regulations could raise costs on new wood-burning stoves and potentially foreshadow additional regulations in the future affecting currently-owned wood burning stoves.
J. C. Kantorowicz – Great Falls
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 7:08 AM
Perhaps Steve Daines can do what mere mortals cannot.
Find and publish the names, place of employment and home addresses of the fools who come up with these rules and regulations. Shining the searchlight of truth upon their faces may cause them and others like them to pause and reflect upon their villainous ways.
In other words, it may at least slow down this foolishness until the revolution starts…….