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Wood-Burning Heaters In Your Home To Become Illegal In The US

Published on November 2, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Heating your home with a wood burning heater/stove could soon be illegal in the US

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Next year it will be illegal for Americans to install wood-burning stoves and heaters in their homes.

The banning of wood-burning devices will be rolled out in San Francisco initially, and will include wood stoves that are certified as low emission by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A spokesperson for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kristine Roselius, justified the ban saying, “We are serious about reducing the health risks associated with our residents’ exposure towood smoke”.

Offthegridnews.com reports:

All 22 members of the district’s board of directors voted to amend regulations to bar the installation of wood-burning heaters in new homes starting November 1, 2016. The district consists of the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay and includes: San Francisco County, Alameda County (Oakland), Contra Costa County, Napa County, Santa Clara County (San Jose), San Mateo County, Southwestern Solano County and Southern Sonoma County.

Fireplaces Already Illegal

Wood-burning heaters will still be allowed in existing homes, the Contra Costa Times reported, although sellers must give buyers a form explaining the “health risks” or burning smoke.

A ban on traditional fireplaces already was in place in the region.

The board also voted to end all automatic exemptions to its existing wood-burning ban, including one that exempts people who live in areas with no natural gas lines. Currently, such residents are exempt on high-pollution days. People living in areas with no natural gas will have to file for an exemption.

Some members of the board wanted to go farther. Earlier this year a measure that would have required home owners to get rid of old-fashioned fireplaces and wood stoves before placing a home on the market was rejected.

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