air pollution, black alert, cancer, Chimney smoke, HR 694, Jr. [R-TN-2]*, London smog, pollution, Rep. Allen Rick W. [R-GA-12]*, Rep. Crawford Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1], Rep. Duffy Sean P. [R-WI-7]*, Rep. Duncan John J., Rep. Grothman Glenn [R-WI-6]*, Rep. Huizenga Bill [R-MI-2]*, Rep. Jones Walter B. Jr. [R-NC-3], Rep. Kelly Mike [R-PA-3]*, Rep. Latta Robert E. [R-OH-5]*, Rep. Mooney Alexander X. [R-WV-2]*, Rep. O'Halleran Tom [D-AZ-1]*, Rep. Rouzer David [R-NC-7], Republican Congress, US Congress, wood burning, wood burning heaters, wood burning stoves
Introduced on Jan. 24, 2017 to the US House: “H.R.694 – To repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent rule for new residential wood heaters.” https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/694/cosponsors?overview=closed#tabs
What’s wrong with these Congressmen? They are trying to undermine a very weak US EPA rule that only says that new wood burning heaters should be of a better standard. Furthermore, the rule was to be implemented over 5 years. The EPA rule even doesn’t apply to old heaters, as it should (65 % (7.8 million) of the nation’s wood stoves are older, inefficient devices), and as is the case in some other countries who have required chimney inspections and standards. It’s not bad enough that Americans have to unwillingly breathe invisible radioactive discharges, but these sickos want everyone to choke on smoke as well! If they like smoke then they can lock themselves in a smoke-filled room and enjoy.
“The fine particles in smoke – also called fine particle pollution or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs, harming the lungs, blood vessels and heart. People with heart, vascular or lung disease, older adults and children are the most at risk.” (US EPA)
While the rule the Congressmen want to destroy is only about better standards for new wood heaters, the “EPA estimates that if all of the old wood stoves in the U.S. were replaced with cleaner-burning hearth appliances, an estimated $56-126 billion in health benefits per year would be realized. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/strategies.pdf
Are the Congressmen jealous of London’s Smog? The BBC says that “Pollution in London from wood burning on the rise“, 25 January 2017, and the Independent “London’s air pollution worse than Beijing’s as smog chokes UK capital Areas of London put on highest ‘black alert’ rating for smog and pollution.” Already on Monday (23 Jan), the BBC noted that “Filthy air’ prompts ‘very high’ pollution alert for London“. So, a US Congressman decided to submit this bill on Tuesday! And, a total of a dozen support this bill! Are they so jealous of London smog?
“Why does EPA regulate residential wood heaters?
Smoke from residential wood heaters contains fine particle pollution, also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5, along with other pollutants including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), black carbon, and air toxics, such as benzene. Residential wood smoke can increase particle pollution to levels that pose serious health concerns, and in some areas constitutes a significant portion of the fine particle pollution problem.
The fine particles in smoke – also called fine particle pollution or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs, harming the lungs, blood vessels and heart. People with heart, vascular or lung disease, older adults and children are the most at risk. Learn more about the health effects of PM2.5“. https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution (It can also have radioactive materials, which were absorbed by the trees.)
“On February 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its clean air standards for residential wood heaters to make new heaters significantly cleaner and improve air quality in communities where people burn wood for heat. The updates, which are based on improved wood heater technology, strengthen the emissions standards for new woodstoves, while establishing the first-ever federal air standards for previously unregulated new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers (also known as hydronic heaters), indoor wood-fired forced air furnaces, and single burn-rate woodstoves. The final rule, known as New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), will phase in emission limits over a five-year period, beginning this year. The standards apply only to new wood heaters and will not affect wood heaters already in use in homes.” https://www.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/compliance-requirements-residential-wood-heaters. https://www.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/final-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters
“As of 01/25/2017 text has not been received for H.R.694 – To repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent rule for new residential wood heaters.” https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/694/cosponsors?overview=closed#tabs
LIST OF SHAME:
“H.R.694 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent rule for new residential wood heaters.
Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] (Introduced 01/24/2017)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: 01/24/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (All Actions)
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]*
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [R-AR-1]*
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]*
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]*
Rep. Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7]*
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]*
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]*
Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2]*
Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]*
Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2]*
Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5]*
“Pollution in London from wood burning on the rise“, by Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London 25 January 2017: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-38746482
“Filthy air’ prompts ‘very high’ pollution alert for London”
23 January 2017 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-38716498
“London’s air pollution worse than Beijing’s as smog chokes UK capital
Areas of London put on highest ‘black alert’ rating for smog and pollution“, 25 Jan. 2017: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/london-air-pollution-rates-worse-beijing-smog-china-vehicles-weather-a7545446.html