Approximately 10 million wood stoves are currently in use in the United States, and 70 to 80% of them are older, inefficient, conventional stoves that pollute. Because EPA certified wood and pellet stoves emit approximately 70% less pollution than older, conventional wood stoves, a successful changeout campaign will reduce local particulate emissions.
Significance to Tribes
Many Tribal members use wood burning devices – often older, wood stoves and fireplace inserts that are not EPA certified- as a significant source of heat in their homes. For example, about 95% of the Makah Tribe’s 1700 members living on or near the reservation burn wood to heat their homes and this yields approximately 35 tons of particle pollution into the Tribal air shed. As a result, Tribal members and their neighbors can be routinely exposed to wood smoke – both outdoors, and also in their indoor air.
NTAA Update on Woodstove Changeout Leigslation 2009 (99.12 kB)
Woodstove changeout factsheet – NTAA/HPBA (86.93 kB)