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

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

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

Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

The U.S. Congress has been working on multiple pieces of legislation that would provide relief to Americans in the wake of impacts by the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far, enacted legislation has addressed general small business concerns and tax policy, but not industry-specific relief. The EPA’s Step 2 deadline of May 15, 2020 still stands, regardless … Continue reading Urge Congress to Provide Step 1 Sell Through Period in COVID-19 Relief Package

EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

HPBA received news last week —just prior to the opening of the 2020 HPBExpo – that EPA’s Final Rule addressing sell-through was finalized and made available online. To our great disappointment, the Final Rule does not include sell-through for any covered product category. Read hpba's press release Coronavirus COVID-19 Impacts HPBA is aware of the … Continue reading EPA Denies Sell Through in Final Rule; Coronavirus Impacts

Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

With the May 15, 2020 deadline to sell Step 1 products fast approaching, HPBA remains committed to the fight to obtain some form of sell-through relief. EPA has yet to make a decision on this issue, but the delay has not been encouraging. As we advocate for sell-through, we have been warning HPBA members to … Continue reading Stoves to Homes Initiative: An Alternative for Step 1 Stoves

Have You Downloaded Your NSPS Retailer Toolkit?

Over the past few months, HPBA has received many questions from retailers and distributors about requirements under Step 2 of the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters (NSPS), set to go into effect on May 15, 2020. HPBA created a toolkit with information that all retailers need to know. Resources include an … Continue reading Have You Downloaded Your NSPS Retailer Toolkit?

Industry Welcomes Proposed EPA Revisions to NSPS

Sell-Through Would Provide Critical Relief for Retailers, Consumers and Manufacturers The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) welcomes the release today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of proposed revisions to regulations affecting wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and warm air furnaces. The publication, known as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), contains … Continue reading Industry Welcomes Proposed EPA Revisions to NSPS