Green co-sponsors bill prohibiting wood heater regulations

For Immediate Release                                                                       Contact: Ryan Mitchell
April 25, 2014                                                                                     517-373-1777

LANSING—Legislation that would prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from regulating emissions from word-burning stoves has been introduced in the Michigan Senate.

Senate Bill 910 amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the DEQ from creating state rules or enforcing federal rules that regulate emissions from wood heaters. The legislation was co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.

“After this winter’s propane shortage, more and more Michigan families are relying on wood burners to heat their homes. This legislation will help protect them from unnecessary and overreaching government regulations.”

Recently, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations on new wood stoves that would severely impact manufacturers, small businesses and consumers who heat their homes with wood. More than 100,000 homes in Michigan and nearly 2.5 million across the country rely on wood stoves to provide heat.

“The EPA’s actions are unacceptable, particularly following a harsh winter,” Green commented. “Their proposed rules are based on politics, not science. This bill recognizes that and is a significant step toward keeping government regulators out of our living rooms and backyards.”

SB 910 has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes, of which Green is a member.