The 2009 Oregon Legislature signed Senate Bill 102 into law requiring the removal of any uncertified woodstove from a home when it is sold. This bill is part of a program to help protect Oregonians from uncontrolled wood smoke. Residential wood burning is a significant source of air pollution, including fine particulate and air toxics.
Beginning August 1, 2010, if you are selling a home with an uncertified woodstove, you will be required to remove this device from the home and notify the DEQ.
Residents of Deschutes County, Jackson County, Klamath County, the city of Lakeview, and the cities of Bend and Medford currently have regulations that require homeowners to remove a non-certified solid fuel heating device when a home is sold. If you are a resident of these areas, please check with your local agency to determine what requirements apply to you.
Why are uncertified woodstoves a concern?
Uncertified woodstoves burn about 70% dirtier than certified woodstoves. They also burn far less efficiently than newer, certified stoves. These older, polluting stoves can remain in service for dozens of years. Removing them from service would help Oregon’s efforts to restore and preserve healthy air and save homeowners money.
What are the health concerns with woodsmoke?
At times, heavy smoke from residential wood burning in a community can exceed federal air quality health standards for particulate matter. Particulate matter in woodstove smoke can be easily inhaled and reach the deepest part of our lungs. It is known to cause or contribute to respiratory disease, asthma attacks, heart problems, and premature death. Wood smoke also contains toxic organic compounds known to cause cancer.
In September 2006, the federal Environmental Protection Agency or EPA tightened the standard for fine particulate based on recent health studies showing that this air pollutant is more dangerous than previously thought. Two Oregon cities (Klamath Falls and Oakridge) are in violation of the new fine particulate standard. There are many other communities in Oregon that often experience heavy smoke from residential wood burning that can exceed the federal fine particulate health standards.
DEQ’s Heat Smart Rulemaking
In the next few months, DEQ will develop a proposed heat smart rule to be considered by the EQC. To help develop that rule, DEQ is working closely with an advisory committee of stakeholders to establish the removal notification requirements for homeowners and implement the program. Once a proposed rule is developed, DEQ will begin a formal and public rulemaking process to seek public comment on the proposed rules. DEQ’s heat smart rule may be modified based on public comment. DEQ hopes to take its final proposed rule to the EQC for consideration in October 2010.
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The DEQ is convening an Advisory Committee to explore the practical effects and implementation details to implement the uncertified woodstove removal upon home sale requirement statewide. The committee will be composed of key stakeholders who can offer important information and a variety of perspectives on these issues.
April 8, 2010 meeting – Eugene DEQ office