Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Caucus calls Bull on wood stove, barbecue regs

The Congressional Western Caucus' latest Bull Report centers on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent moves to regulate and restrict common, ordinary wood stoves and barbecue grills.

From the caucus:
The EPA continues stealing its way into every home and every season of the year. In February, mid winter, the agency finalized regulations further restricting wood stove manufacturers and setting stringent soot standards. Now, as spring starts to break through and summertime lies just around the bend, we learn that the EPA decided to fund a study examining yet another EPA-perceived danger to the environment: barbecue grills. The EPA awarded a $15,000 grant to the University of California—Riverside to examine “particulate emissions” from “residential barbecues.” The study is intended to develop technology to reduce “air pollution” and “health hazards” due to residential barbecues with “potential for global application.”

The EPA says they do not currently regulate backyard grills, but the federal government didn’t used to regulate wood stoves either before 1988 and American families who rely on those stoves for warmth in the wintertime have seen how that has changed and grown even more restrictive in recent years.

For using taxpayer money to study the EPA-perceived “hazards” of a traditional American pastime, enjoyed most famously on the annual celebration of our independence, we give the EPA three bulls with a fourth to be added pending any future move by the EPA to regulate residential grills.

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