Friday, March 28, 2014

People who use wood stoves speak out about the EPA's new rules

These short testimonies of why people support stronger emission standards are a moving tribute to the importance of wood heating in America.  These comments were left by people who signed a petition to support stricter emission rules for stoves.  After reading these comments, please consider joining
them and sign the petition yourself!

Most of the testimonies below are from people who use wood as a primary or secondary source heat for their homes.  Almost all want to save more money and breathe cleaner air.

These comments, with hundreds of others, will be submitted to the EPA during the public comment period for the proposed rules, which ends on May 5, 2014.  In addition to signing the petition, you can also submit more detailed comments directly to the EPA up until May 5.  

Why I support cleaner and more efficient stoves:

George Wollenburg ELK RIVER, MN
Keeping the burning of renewable fuels as clean as possible will assure they remain as part of our energy solution. I live in an area where quality firewood is plentiful and burning wood keeps my energy costs low.

Anne Bornholdt QUINLAN, TX
This being the only source of heat for our home I want it to be clean burning and efficient and expect the product I use meet these standards.

Vito labella STATEN ISLAND, NY
Wood heat is important to the working poor. Let's clear the smoke and make an affordable wood stove for those that need the heat!

My vocation was designing stoves, wood burning mostly. These new standards are very possible to achieve. Any manufacture should and can do it. Better and efficient appliances also mean less wood and fuss. Hard to beat!

Wood can be an important source of heat in many parts of the country and can be environmentally sound if you use a low emitting stove. I fully support these standards.

Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa TAKOMA PARK, MD
It's been long overdue to increase the efficiency and emissions standards of America's number one renewable energy. Let's make clean, affordable, renewable energy accessible to all!

David Straus GARDINER, NY
The environment and its protection are absolutely necessary for our, our children, and all future generations. The new regulations will help insure such protection.

Ronald Browder AWENDAW, SC
A great way to heat homes with a renewable resource. The cleaner the better.

Janet Pearson OLYMPIA, WA
For those of us in states rich with trees, wood stoves can be an important and sustainable source of heat.

Yvette Tillema KEENE, NY
This is important because we should do all we can to take care of our health and the planets health. Get money out of politics and let the good spread like magic.

I live in the outskirts of a major urban area, but many homes in my neighborhood heat with wood stoves for various reasons. As self-sustainability becomes more integrated into the urban lifestyle, we can't depend on each individual to make the best choices when it comes to clean air. As much as I value the rights of the individual, it has been proven time and time again to not be always be in my best interest. At times, governance is needed, and I firmly believe this is one of those times.

William Hunter MAKANDA, IL
Best available data I have seen indicate that we are on the way to a global environmental catastrophe. I want to do whatever I can to help avoid that. Cleaner burning wood stoves is a small part of the solution that I can contribute to.

John Cleary HAMMOND, LA
I burn wood for my heat but also believe that I am responsible to help preserve the integrity of "Spaceship Earth" for clean air.

Mary Jane Dillingham POLAND, ME
At my former home, we were seriously negatively affected by our neighbor’s outdoor wood boiler. At the time there were no legal approaches to stop our unwilling neighbor from engulfing our home in smoke. We suffered respiratory problems and our farm animals needed medial attention. Our property was constantly accosted with particulates deposited on the surface of the buildings and grounds. We had a horse farm and hay fields. Please do what you can to stop dirty discharges from outdoor wood boilers. Thank you. Mary Jane Dillingham, Maine

Steve Parks BOWLER, WI
Here in north central Wisconsin, wood stoves, furnaces and boilers are more popular than ever. Unfortunately, the easy way to know this is drive around and count the houses with the thick dark cloud billowing from a smoke stack, day in and day out. Going on fifty years, cars have been getting more and more emission efficient, it's high time wood and pellet stoves do the same to conserve our wood resources and what's left of our atmosphere.

Our kids are subjected to enough chemicals in our foods; they don't have to fight clean air also. I think that this is easy enough for us to achieve.

Timothy Leach CASTINE, ME
I have used wood to supplement heating our house and as back-up heat in power outages for over 30 years. Wood heat is a great source of renewable energy

I'm a grandmother who wants to leave a healthy environment to my grandchildren and beyond.

Lewis Thibodeau CLAREMONT, NH
It is important for all industries to take responsibility for their impact on health, the environment, and efficient use of natural resources and to innovate to that end. The wood heat industry is behind in this when compared to other industries. I have had the privilege to work in a lab setting testing technology solutions that produce clean and efficient results. I know that it is possible and has obvious and exciting potential to become even better. It is time to make the players in the industry step up to the challenge because it is the right thing to do for health reasons, environmental reasons, and in the best long-term interest of the industry.

Harold Garabedian MONTPELIER, VT

Continued progress on lowering emissions and increasing efficiency is critical to ensuring that the market expand allowing residential wood burning is not marginalized to rural applications and is allowed to make a greater contribution to America's use of local renewable energy.

Stephen Dutton SPANISH FORK, UT
No only does the technology make the air cleaner, but what I see as the even more important and beneficial reason is you get more heat out of the wood you burn therefore you burn less wood! Wood is a much better source of heat than home heating oil which is nasty stuff to handle. Ever hear of a wood spill? Everything about wood is good.

Erik Henrikson MILFORD, MA
I support this as it is "the right thing to do" - clean burning stoves are not just good for air quality but they reduce waste (more heat in the home for the wood). However, effort needs to be made to encourage folks to burn clean - even a good stove can pollute if burned improperly.

Gerald & Barbara Cooper SPRINGFIELD, NH
Cleaner wood stove technology means more BTUs of heat in my living room and less particulates in my lungs!

Louise Clark KETCHIKAN, AK
Good wood heat is by far the best most comfortable heat there is superior in every way to burning fossil fuels, which only destroy our earth from its extraction to its burning period.

Judy Gibson COLUMBIA, MO
I paid more for my stove and after 9 years of use a professional chimney sweep came to clean our double-walled stainless steel chimney and went away saying, "There is nothing there to clean". We always burn seasoned hardwood but took no other precautions on a daily basis.

Paul Theorgood MAYS LANDING, NJ

Because the public health benefits outweigh the costs of compliance.

Peter Tamposi NASHUA, NH
Need to bring 20th century technology into the woodstove business.

Jim Norton MIDWAY, UT
I am a believer in clean air and free renewable resources to heat my house.


Cleaner burning woodstoves = less fossil fuel use and more money remaining in the local economy for fuel expenditures, as well as higher 'burn for the buck' and lower emissions. Best of all possible worlds.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I'm from Indonesia.
    I have already use woodstove for a couple of time, and I have a woodstove homemade design that I used, here :