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January 29, 2007

EPA and Industry Launch Agreement for Cleaner Outdoor Wood Heaters

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a voluntary partnership agreement with key manufacturers of outdoor wood furnaces that agreed to make cleaner outdoor wood-fired heaters.
"This partnership, along with efforts from Northeast states, will provide consumers with a choice to purchase cleaner outdoor wood heaters and communities with tools to take action now," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Beginning this spring, consumers can look for the orange hang tag to identify new wood heaters that are both more efficient and less polluting."
Ten manufacturers — which make 80 percent of the units sold in the United States — have joined the partnership, agreeing to bring at least one unit meeting new performance specifications to market beginning in the spring of 2007, according to EPA. The cleaner models will be marked by an orange hang tag showing that a unit meets the requirements of the program.
EPA developed the voluntary program with input from heater manufacturers, states and the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association, an industry trade group.
Under the voluntary partnership agreement, the new models must emit no more than 0.6 pounds (particle pollution per million BTUs of heat input, i.e., wood burned). The models must be tested by an accredited third-party laboratory to verify that they meet these levels, according to EPA.
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