EPA Funding Available for Efforts to Curb Woodstove Pollution

EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards intends to award one to three cooperative agreements ranging in value from $100,000 to $300,000 to states, tribes, and other parties that submit innovative plans to develop and support woodstove changeout programs. The funding is available under EPA’s voluntary, incentive-based cash rebate effort to encourage owners of old, inefficient woodstoves to replace or “changeout” their stove with a cleaner-burning hearth appliance, such as a stove that burns gas or wood pellets, or an EPA-certified wood stove.

Each eligible application will be evaluated according to criteria such as the plan’s environmental performance on lowering fine particulate matter and toxic air pollution, programmatic capability, and collaboration/partnerships and leveraged resources.

The deadline to submit a proposal is August 21, 2006, 4:00 p.m. EDT.

For questions about the application forms contact Gary Blais at blais.gary@epa.gov.

The full announcement on how to submit forms can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#0609.

For questions about woodstove changeouts and EPA’s wood smoke reduction
initiative contact Larry Brockman at brockman.larry@epa.gov.

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