New Regulations Coming For Wood Burning Stoves

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
New Regulations Coming For Wood Burning Stoves

The government of BC is introducing new regulations around the use of wood and pellet-burning stoves that will make them as stringent as US Environmental Protection Agency standards, which it feels will immediately cut emissions by 40%.
Dan Veller is a Director with the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable and also a vendor for wood burning stoves. He says the stoves made today create even fewer emissions than gas-burning stoves.
“If you look at the some of the products that are on the market today, we have wood burning stoves that are .4 of a gram [of particulates] per hour. So they would actually offer fewer pollutants and fewer grams of particulates than burning natural gas.”
He says of all the potential pollutants in the airshed, like industrial pollution, vehicle emissions, and dust, wood-burning stoves are an easy scapegoat for environmentalists. He says the culprits are the older wood-burning stoves, which would pump out 25 or 30 grams of particulate per hour.
“Maybe even higher than that because there was no way they were ever tested. Ten times worse than what produced today.”
That’ why PG-AIR still offers the Stove Exchange rebate, a $500 coupon to put towards a cleaner-burning wood or pellet-burning stove. To access that rebate, you can contact PG-AIR or fill out an application on the website at www.pgairquality.com

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  1. Tests of real-life emissions show that most new stoves have much higher emissions than claimed. The test requires new stoves to emit less than 2.5 grams in the lab when burning specially-dried and arranged timber, but they could easily emit 4 times the pollution burning cordwood at home. According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, the average EPA certified stove causes as much pollution as 2,200 passenger cars. Even if stricter standards result in 40% fewer emissions (which is unlikely because the emissions test doesn’t reflect real-life operation), the average new stove will still be more polluting than 1,300 passenger cars.
    The best way to clean up the air and protect the health of Prince George citizens would be to ensure Directors of PGAIR have no conflicts of interest, e.g. making money from selling new wood stoves.
    More info: http://woodsmoke.3sc.net/woodheater-car-comparison#USEPA

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