Monday, April 8, 2013
John DuPree, EPA wood stove expert, dead at 48
John DuPree, the lead compliance officer at EPA for wood stoves, tragically died on Thursday, April 4. He was 48. John had worked on the wood stove program for about 8 years and was widely admired and respected by industry leaders. Chris Neufeld, a Vice President at Blaze King, who attended the funeral in Alexandria, Virginia, recalled how John understood the nuances of stove manufacturers. John was the one who issued certification papers after stoves were tested at EPA accredited test labs. And he was also the one who would conduct unannounced spot checks on stove factories, to ensure that manufacturers were complying with record keeping and other requirements. John had just volunteered to serve on a Task Force that the Alliance for Green Heat had initiated to help integrate wood stoves into home energy audits.