ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The controversy over an EPA proposal to impose stricter regulations on wood burning heaters and stoves continues.
Senator Claire McCaskill has sent a letter to the EPA asking them to come up with an affordable method for manufacturers to implement emission standards.
One of those manufacturers is St. Louis-based HY-C Company. David Walters is the president, and he supports producing cleaner burning furnaces.
But he says the timeline the EPA has imposed is unrealistic.
“Back in the 80s, when the EPA put new regulations into effect for wood stoves, they gave manufacturers a goal, but then they gave them time to develop the new product to meet the standards once the rule went into effect,” he says.
Walters says back then, they gave distributors and dealers time to sell the existing product in their inventory, but the EPA is not making that offer this time.
“The rule that they’ve currently proposed has an effective date, basically a year from now, but they haven’t said exactly what testing method they’re going to use for testing the furnaces to determine whether they meet the standards, and they haven’t finalized the actual standard itself.”
Walters says that in order to implement the changes, most manufacturers need at least two years.
He also says that while his business would not close because of the new standards, he likely would still have to lay workers off.
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