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
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
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
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?
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
HPBA launched a new campaign in September to promote industry’s efforts to extend the effective date of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and make corrections to the regulation. Savewoodheat.org provides the public and policymakers with more information about the NSPS and its impacts on different products. The website contains links to news articles, fact … Continue reading HPBA Launches “Save Wood Heat” Campaign
The HPBA-supported legislation, S. 1857, to extend the effective date for three years (from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2023), was finally voted on by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) on September 18, 2018. During the markup, EPW Democrats offered an amendment that would: (1) strip the extension language; (2) … Continue reading NSPS Extension Legislation Moves Through Senate Committee