10 states sue EPA for wood stove emissions standard update

They argue that the current standard, set in 2015, is inadequate, flawed and due for a revision.
In this Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, Darwin Woods stokes a fire in the wood burning stove that he uses to heat both water and his home in Clark, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Ten states filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the agency to issue more stringent emission standards for wood-burning stoves.

The states — Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, along with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency — are asking the court to require the EPA to promptly issue an updated standard, known as the New Source Performance Standards, for emissions of residential wood heaters.

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