OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Oregon is one of seven states that filed suit against the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday over the potentially damaging pollution that comes from wood-fired stoves and heaters used to heat homes.
The lawsuit would order the EPA to update their regulations on wood-fired boilers, a form of residential heating that have been banned from some states.
The agency still operates under federal standards for wood stove emissions that were set back in 1988 that don't account for the soot produced by new wood burning devices. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency Director Merlyn Hough said the lawsuit will help establish long-term enforcement programs.
State officials backing the lawsuit said that the EPA's 25 years of inaction violates the Clean Air Act.
Hough said the suit won't affect local efforts to lower wood stove emissions and LRAPA's enforcing wood burning on designated red days this coming winter.