Status of EPA’s Proposed Sell-Through for Step 1 Products

It has been two months since the comment period for EPA’s COVID-19 sell-through proposal closed. EPA has indicated they likely will not issue a Final Rule until late September or early October. Keep in mind that it is still illegal to sell a Step 1 product unless the EPA acts. The sell-through period would come … Continue reading Status of EPA’s Proposed Sell-Through for Step 1 Products

State Enforcement of EPA’s NSPS Underway

As expected, states are beginning to enforce the EPA’s NSPS. HPBA has received notices from the California and New York Attorneys General announcing active enforcement against Step 1 appliances being offered for sale. While EPA has indicated that federal enforcement of the wood heater NSPS is a low priority, states have the authority to enforce … Continue reading State Enforcement of EPA’s NSPS Underway

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Included in House Infrastructure Bill

The “INVEST in America Act” (H.R. 2), infrastructure legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1, contained updates to energy efficiency tax credits, including the biomass stove tax credit. This legislation, however, is not expected to pass the Senate, as there is disagreement between parties on details of the bill. The legislation would extend the … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Included in House Infrastructure Bill

HPBA Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed COVID-19 Sell-Through Relief from NSPS Deadlines

On July 6, 2020, HPBA submitted comments to EPA in support of its proposed sell-through package which, if enacted, would provide sell-through for Step 1 products from the date the rulemaking is finalized until November 30, 2020. Unless and until EPA formally adopts the sell-through proposal, it remains illegal to sell or offer for sale … Continue reading HPBA Submits Comments to EPA on Proposed COVID-19 Sell-Through Relief from NSPS Deadlines

Biomass Stove Tax Credit Proposed Increase

HPBA sent a letter to Congressional leadership that calls for some changes in the Section 25C tax credit for homeowner energy efficiency improvement in the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act of 2019. Those changes include: the lifetime limit being cleared and setting a new lifetime limit of $2,400, increase the credit for biomass stoves from … Continue reading Biomass Stove Tax Credit Proposed Increase

New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Over the past two months, the U.S. Trade Representative has made several announcements regarding exclusions from tariffs for some products from China. New exclusions announced on March 26, 2020 include outdoor gas fire pits enclosed in stone (specifically, “Outdoor tables of artificial stone, each measuring no more than 93 cm by 93 cm by 63 … Continue reading New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

With the Step 2 effective date quickly approaching, it can be expected that businesses will have some Step 1 stoves left in their inventory. To address this, HPBA reached out to and received official word from EPA that a simple donation program could be set up with qualifying non-profit organizations. These approved non-profit organizations will … Continue reading Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

Rachel Feinstein, Senior Manager – Government Affairs, HPBA We initially believed EPA was considering a Direct Final Rule to extend the sell-through for 60 days immediately after May 15, 2020. Based on more recent reports, it appears that EPA is instead publishing a Proposed Rule (which is at the Office of Management and Budget right … Continue reading Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

HPBA COVID-19 Update

As always, these resources and more can be found on our website at https://www.hpba.org/coronavirus. New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance from SBA The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relaunched yesterday at 10:30 AM. Ahead of the rollout, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released new resources for businesses applying for loans under this second tranche of program funding.This … Continue reading HPBA COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Which states will face immediate budget issues?

States, without question, will face significant fiscal challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner warns that his state is “weeks, not months” away from running out of money. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) says the pandemic could wipe out the state’s $21 billion surplus. Similarly, a recent study in … Continue reading COVID-19: Which states will face immediate budget issues?