Wood-Burning Stoves Focus of Clean Air Campaign
Lennox Hearth Products is donating more than $100,000 in cash and products to a campaign by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association to help Libby Lincoln County, Mont. meet new federal air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Based in Orange, Calif., Lennox Hearth Products is a division of Lennox Industries, which is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI) — the Supplier 100 of NAHB. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association is also an NCHI member.
The association’s campaign has raised $1 million in donations from the wood stove industry to provide more than 300 low-income county residents with EPA-certified stoves, which reduce emissions by 90% compared to a traditional wood-burning stove and do not require as much wood to burn.
Lincoln County is receiving additional EPA funding to coordinate the replacement of the community’s remaining 1,200 non-certified wood stoves over the next two to three years. The Montana project will serve as a model for the EPA’s “Great American Wood Stove Change-out Campaign” in other parts of the country.
Widespread use of older wood-burning stoves is blamed for 80% of the pollution in the Libby valley, where smoke gets trapped overhead and can linger for days until a new weather front moves through.
Lincoln County is one of 208 whole or partial counties across the country, plus the District of Columbia, that the EPA has designated as “non-attainment areas” because they do not meet the Clean Air Act standard for fine airborne particulate matter.
The EPA estimates that 80%-90% of the wood stoves currently being used by 10 million Americans are older stoves that emit unhealthy combinations of fine particulate matter.
Lennox offers several EPA-approved wood stoves as well as a full selection of EPA-approved wood, gas and electric fireplaces and pellet stoves.
The latest addition to the Dave Lennox Signature™ Collection, the high-efficiency, wood-burning Villa Vista fireplace features the latest fire view in its category and can heat up to 2,500 square feet with a powerful and efficient 70,000 Btu catalytic combustion burner.
For more informatiion, call 800-9-LENNOX.
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