For Immediate Release
April 28, 2014
Contact: Marty Fittante
LANSING, Mich—Sen. Tom Casperson is working to make sure that Michigan residents can keep warm by using wood-burning stoves without more government interference in light of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Senate Bill 910 aims to prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from regulating wood-burning stoves through rules and from enforcing any EPA regulation limiting emissions from wood-burning appliances after May 1.
“These proposed regulations are a recent example of overreach by bureaucrats, as we too often see, especially from the EPA,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Using wood as a heating source has been a way of life for centuries in the U.P. and across rural Michigan. The burdensome regulations proposed by the EPA are an overreach of government and need to be stopped to protect our way of life.”
Casperson has also introduced resolutions calling on the EPA to reject the proposed regulations on wood stoves. Congressman Dan Benishek, whose district includes the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, has announced that he will be a co-sponsor of House Resolution 4407, recently introduced in Washington, that also aims to curtail the EPA’s attempt to further regulate wood-burning heat sources.
“Given the challenges this winter presented with extreme conditions that continue in some parts of the U.P., propane shortages, and price increases that left many families hurting, this is no time for the EPA to advance regulations to restrict one of the most dependable and affordable options for providing a basic need for so many—heat for their homes and small businesses,” said Casperson.
The new standards set forth by the EPA would impact new pellet, corn burner and outdoor wood boilers. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, manufacturers of wood stoves and heating appliances have estimated that the proposed new emission requirements could virtually end the burning of wood for heat in the United States and more than double the cost of new wood-burning appliances.
SB910 was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources Environment and Great Lakes.