The Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated standards for wood fired heaters.Download AudioThe EPA wood heating appliance emissions standards reduce smoke by two thirds compared to current levels set in 1988. Alison Davis with EPA’s air quality standards office stresses that the new standards, which take effect this spring, only apply to newly manufactured units.“If you have an existing wood stove or other wood heaters, this rule does not affect you, you can continue to use that,” Davis said.Davis says the EPA is allowing retailers until the end of this year to sell off wood stove models that do not meet the new emissions standard, but adds that most units already do.“The majority of adjustable burn rate wood stoves sold in the U.S. today actually meet that limit,” Davis said. “So we think that we’ll have a lot of wood stoves that are already available that will meet the limit.”The new standards also cover previously unregulated units, including wood fired boilers, but Davis says some of those appliances are also already up to the new standard.“A number of manufacturers have been participating in a voluntary program with EPA to make cleaner units available, and a number of those will already meet the step-1 standards for those heaters,” Davis said.A second tier of stricter wood heater emissions standards will take effect in 2020, covering new units manufactured and sold after that date. States are allowed to additionally limit emissions, and Cindy Heil, with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation air quality division says recently updated state standards for new wood and pellet stoves are initially stricter.“DEC’s standard is a 2.5 gram per hour from 2015 to 2020, where the EPA standard is 4.5,” Heil said. “But then 2020, our standards would remain the same at 2.5 and EPA’s would drop to 2.0.”Heil says that’s also the case for Alaska’s wood boiler emissions standard, and that the state will have to revise its wood and pellet stove standards in 2020 to come in line with federal regulations.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced on 3 August 2015 the opening and full operation of the Seattle Engineering Centre (SEC) in Seattle, Washington, an engineering arm of its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America, Inc.The opening of a development centre in Seattle, the global hub of the aviation industry, enables Mitsubishi Aircraft to tap professional expertise on aircraft development and to accelerate the development of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet).Mitsubishi Aircraft held an opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Centre. The ceremony was attended by numerous distinguished guests, including Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor; Masahiro Omura, Consul General of Japan in Seattle and Lee Human, President, Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification L.L.C. (AeroTEC), one of the partner companies of Mitsubishi Aircraft. Present from Mitsubishi Aircraft were Hiromichi Morimoto, President and Kenichiro Honda, Vice President, SEC, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America.SEC will work with AeroTEC to accelerate the MRJ’s conformity activities and provide prompt support for flight tests in the U.S. that are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2016 based at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington.SEC will be operated with approximately 150 members, including about 100 engineers recruited mainly in Seattle and about 50 engineers from Japan.“Washington is honoured to play a supporting role in the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “With more than 100 years of history designing and building the greatest commercial airplanes in the world, Washington is the global leader in aerospace. We are thankful to the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation for its investment in our state and are proud of the assistance we can provide in bringing this important aircraft to the worldwide market.”“From the components that are being provided by our suppliers to the team that will be in the air and on the ground in Moses Lake once flight testing begins to the scores of engineers working in this new Seattle office, the MRJ will have a profound impact on the economy of Washington State,” Inslee added. “We look forward to continuing our support for the MRJ and seeing how our relationship with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation can grow even further.”