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Wood Stoves Get A Cleaning

Jan 15, 2014
Katie Campbell/EarthFix

Not very long ago, Oregon and other states sued the federal government to force a new set of regulations on wood stoves and heaters. 

And here they come… the Environmental Protection Agency just announced a proposal for stricter standards, so newer wood-burning heaters will burn cleaner. 

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The slow-moving air mass over the region is providing little wind, and smoke is building up in some of the valleys and basins.

Wood stoves and fireplaces need to cut back on burning due to these advisories for November 27, 2013:

  • Jackson County: Red
  • Klamath County: Yellow
  • Lane County: Red

Suing The Feds Over Wood Smoke Regulation

Oct 15, 2013
Katie Campbell/EarthFix

Too much wood smoke is bad for you. 

That's well established by research, and so the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulates the particulate matter that makes up wood smoke. 

Seven states, including Oregon, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over health-damaging air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers that have become popular for residential heating.

The lawsuit fired Wednesday asks a federal court to order the EPA to review and adopt updated emissions limits for the boilers.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says 25-year old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. He says owners of old stoves will be allowed to keep the ones they have, and not be required to buy a new one.