Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman David Rouzer to protect consumers and small businesses from the increased costs of a recent rule introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In early March of 2015, the EPA published a final rule that established costly new standards for the manufacture of wood heaters.  This onerous rule will result in substantial new production costs effectively pricing wood heaters out of the market at a time when the use of wood heathers to reduce energy costs is increasing.   

“The EPA has no business meddling with how wood heaters are made — much less putting in place new regulations that would effectively price them out of the market,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “More and more families are using wood heaters to help lower their energy costs during these tough economic times.  I thank my colleagues for supporting this common sense amendment, which strikes down these new and unnecessary regulations.” 

Congressman Rouzer’s amendment was included and passed by way of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.  This broad energy bill seeks to maximize America's energy potential, update and modernize outdated policies, make our energy infrastructure more resilient and create jobs. 

H.R. 8, which included Congressman Rouzer’s wood heater amendment, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 249-174.