South Dakota 33rd in emissions from wood-burning stoves

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PIERRE - The state of South Dakota does not plan to push back against federal rules requiring new wood-burning stoves to produce fewer emissions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently updated its clean air standards for residential wood heaters. It also added air standards for outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers, indoor wood-fired forced air furnaces and single burn-rate woodstoves.

Several states are refusing to go along because lawmakers say the rules could leave lower-income residents unable to afford the new stoves.

South Dakota ranked 33rd in a list produced by The Associated Press ranking states that produce the most fine particle emissions per person from residential wood burning.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says no place in the state has any real pollution problems from wood stoves.

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