WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel as the agency develops fine particle emission limits for new residential wood heaters and other burning devices, such as wood stoves and hydronic heaters.

More than 10 million wood stoves are used in the United States. Hydronic heaters, also known as outdoor wood heaters, number about 500,000 in the United States.

EPA said it is concerned about a “major health threat from smoke (that) comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get a person’s eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis.

Nominations must be received by May 14, 2010.

Learn more at http://www.epa.gov/sbrefa/woodheaters.htm

View EPA's press release.

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