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new EPA regulations for wood stoves

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Hello folks,

I thought I might share some things I have seen in the last several months. Since I spend much time educating myself about matters of all kinds "wood stove" and have direct contact with EPA and industry people I believe this information is correct and there are things people should be aware of so as not to face new laws after they are passed. In the late 80's the stove industry was unregulated and needed to be. Old stoves were routinely emitting 70+ grams per hour of carcinogenic particulates into the air, imagine a one pound coffee can full of cancer causing dust an hour from every stove in America? The new laws brought stoves which cut this by 90%, pretty amazing but at the cost of nearly three hundred factories if my information is correct. The limits were then set at 7.5 grams per hour nationally, 4.5 in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.

Today the EPA is doing much the same thing and for little reason, there are proposals going through public comment periods that would set the new limits at 1.3 grams per hour. At the same time there is a group called the cold weather institute studying the effectiveness of Catalytic stoves and claiming they need new cats every 5500 hours. An associate of mine in Fairbanks has informed me that there is talk of banning cat stoves in the state as they feel the catalytic elements are rendered useless by 5500 hours of use which is about 1.5 years in Alaska. I am not here to argue against better performance nor style of equipment selected, I am here to discuss a big picture.

I often champion the idea of creating jobs through benefit to the environment. We can put people to work and create huge industry supporting American workers in ways that benefit the environment. The wood stove and any renewable based industry is just that. We can reduce dependence on ever more dangerous and toxic gas and oil development by incorporating renewable's. I am often asked why I do not support the EPA proposals when our new stove, the Katydid is testing in the lab at between .5 and .75 grams per hour as a non cat stove when this move would be awesome for my market share? My answer is that the best thing we can do for the economy is stop passing laws that create poverty. As I have scraped by most of my life I am quite well aware that being poor makes it hard to properly tune up your car or re-insulate your home, if you even own it.

If you care about having access to affordable wood stoves I suggest you make contact with your state representative and make your self be heard. Over regulation of these products will have a far greater negative effect on the environment by creating joblessness. It will create more moms and dads who can not feed their children and who will burn anything they have to to stay warm. This is something I have witnessed.

We continually strive to bring good technology to market and have just committed another $85,000.00 to the Katydid project due to these upcoming regulations, our first stove Kimberly will have to undergo the same thing in 3-1/2 years and cost much more. It is really tough to do business in America today but we are also committed to manufacturing a top notch American made stove here at home. I am so humbled to read things people write about our stoves, and our company, I am very proud. I also appreciate that we have had so much support from people literally all over the world, with Gods love we will cleanly heat many homes all over the world!

Roger Lehet
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