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EPA's wood smoke plan could make new stoves too costly

from Portland Press Herald

In the poorest state in New England, where residents already struggle to heat their homes, officials are worried that a federal proposal to reduce wood smoke pollution will make new stoves too expensive and prevent Mainers from buying cleaner technology. Nearly half of all Maine residents rely on some form of wood heat to keep warm in the winter, according to a 2008 study conducted for the Maine Center for Disease Control and the Maine Lung Association. The state ranks among the top five in the nation for residents heating only with wood, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. more


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