Maria KeenaBy Maria Keena

TROY, Mo. (KMOX) – An EPA proposal to clean up smoke from wood-burning stoves is causing a flare-up among local business owners.

Hearth and Home in Troy, Mo. is a family-owned and operated business and has been for several generations.

Dan Hechler tells KMOX the proposed laws have the potential to wreak havoc on his industry because the proposed EPA changes are so restrictive that he does not see how even energy-efficient wood-burning stoves or fireplaces will be able to meet the new standards.

“There’s going to be a lot of manufacturers who just throw up their hands and go out of business because they have to re-engineer and re-test everything,” he says. “So this is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per model that they have.”

Hechler says some manufacturers have 25 or 30 different models.

He also sees the proposed laws causing more job losses and even believes more industry will move to China.

“In my opinion, what they’d need to do is to offer tax incentives to consumers to upgrade their existing wood-burning stove to a new clean-burning stove,” he says.

More than a dozen Missouri lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that symbolically pushes back against the EPA by declaring all Missourians have a right to heat their homes and businesses with wood-burning devices.

And the Missouri House did a revised measure, proposing banning state environmental officials from regulating residential wood heaters, unless approved by the Legislature.

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