NEWS ADVISORY: Major Wood Stove Changeout Program to be announced in Warwick Today at Noon

(May 7, 2014)

WHO:  Representatives from the American Lung Association of the Northeast; Environmental Protection Agency Region 1; the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and local business owners.

WHAT:  The American Lung Association of the Northeast and the Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 will join their partners in an effort to improve air quality and public health by launching a new program that will encourage replacement of high-polluting, low efficiency wood stoves and hydronic heaters. A major changeout program  will be announced that will benefit homeowners throughout the state of Rhode Island as well homeowners residing in  New London and Windham counties in Connecticut and Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties in Massachusetts. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at noon

WHERE: Stovepipe Fireplace Shop, located at 654 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI

WHY:  Old, high polluting low efficiency wood stoves and hydronic heaters have a detrimental effect on both indoor and outdoor air quality.  Replacing these units with new  cleaner burning, more efficient EPA -certified stoves is key to improving air quality and ensuring that all of us,  especially people with lung diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer,  have clean air to breathe.

Note to media:  Media are invited and encouraged to attend. There will be opportunities to interview representatives about the program.  There will also be opportunities to view, photograph and learn more about the many benefits of EPA-certified wood, gas and pellet stoves.