EPA wood-stove proposal prompt rural backlash

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Darwin Woods cuts wood for his wood burning stove that he uses to heat his workshop Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at his home near Clark, Mo. Woods says he considers the proposed EPA rule for new wood-stoves the latest example of an agency run amok. Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters have sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal proposal to clean up the smoke from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers.

Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed to flow from new residential wood-powered heaters.

Some manufacturers contend the proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or make their products unaffordable to lower- and middle-income consumers.

In Missouri, some lawmakers are fighting back with state legislation seeking to discourage the enforcement of tougher standards on wood-burning stoves. Concerns over wood-stove pollution and regulations also have been simmering in other states, including in some places where local officials are pushing for stronger environmental standards.

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