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Legislation Will Benefit Manufacturers, Consumers in the Home-heating Industry

Earlier this year, nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that extends an EPA deadline for the review and approval of updated performance standards for new wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters and wood furnaces.

Proponents of the legislation include many in the home-heating industry who believe that the original deadline of May 15, 2020 wouldn’t be long enough for manufacturers to comply with new EPA mandates, thereby creating an un-level playing field among makers of various types of heating appliances.

The legislation calls for a three-year extension, giving manufacturers until May 15, 2023 to ensure that their new products comply with EPA regulations.

Speaking to Hearth & Home online, Jack Goldman, president of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, said the original three-year deadline would have widespread negative effects on the industry.

“This regulation stands to put thousands of U.S. manufacturing, distribution and retail jobs in peril,” Goldman said.  “It would increase hardships in rural communities across the country.”

The reason, Goldman pointed out, is because there are only five labs in North America that are qualified to oversee the required testing.  This would make it impossible for many manufacturers to engage in necessary research and development, have their products tested and then have the test reports approved by the EPA, all in time for products to be available to consumers by mid-May 2020.

By extending the deadline, manufacturers would have the time necessary to perform any upgrades and in-house testing before submitting their products for EPA testing.  The result: an even playing field and higher quality products.

Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) voiced the feelings of his colleagues in creating the new legislation by saying, “My constituents are tired of an overly aggressive EPA setting unachievable regulations that do nothing but hurt our employees and raise prices for those simply looking to heat their homes.”

The legislation is formally known as the “Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act of 2017”.

An extension, as the legislation calls for, is much better than a complete repeal of the EPA’s regulations.  Were there to be no federal standard for testing, it would be up to states to create their own standards, which certainly would result in multiple problems for manufacturers with multi-state sales territories.

Cosponsors of the House bill include:

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)

Rep. Thomas Emmer (R-MN)

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN)

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Inglenook Energy Center of Conifer, Colo., applauds these congressmen and stands with the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association in supporting fairness in enacting EPA regulations so that manufacturers – and thereby, consumers – will have the benefit of shelves full of the highest quality products made anywhere in the world.  Call us at (303) 838-3612 for information on any home-heating appliance or accessory.  We’re ready to help.