Grant Funding for Emissions from Wood Heaters
Assistance Listing Number: 66.034
Eligible Entities: Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management
Deadline to Apply: February 29, 2024
Summary: Residential wood heating (RWH) emissions contribute heavily to increased ambient particulate matter (PM) concentrations. They are a primary reason for the federal PM2.5 non-attainment status for many areas throughout the country and a public health concern. Studies estimate that RWH air pollutant emissions account for 10,000 – 40,000 premature deaths annually in the United States. In cold, mountainous and valley regions, PM2.5 from woodsmoke can contribute 80 to 90 percent of the mass and be the primary source of elevated PM2.5 concentrations. Residential wood heating is also a major source of air toxics, especially in rural areas where there are many disadvantaged communities overburdened by environmental pollution. The Inflation Reduction Act provides funding for “grants and other activities authorized under subsections (a) through (c) of section 103 and section 105 of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7403(a)–(c), 7405) for testing and other agency activities to address emissions from wood heaters.”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has elected to issue a single assistance agreement non-competitively to the North-East States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) who is leading a consortium of eligible air pollution control agencies. These funds will be used by NESCAUM to develop an emissions hierarchy among the existing suite of wood heaters available at retail stores in the United States, allowing state, local, and tribal air agencies to make informed decisions regarding which wood heating appliances to rely upon for emissions reductions when included in appliance change-out programs in their jurisdictions. The development of the emissions hierarchy will also be supported through independent testing and emissions data analysis funded under this grant.
Please visit www.epa.gov/grants/air-grants-and-funding for additional details.
Emissions From Wood Heaters Grant Funding – Grant Guidance (pdf)