Bloomberg reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), may outlaw natural gas stoves following a new study that found they can emit harmful pollutants.
According to a December 2022 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, gas-burning stoves are found in 35% of U.S. households. They account for 12.7% of all childhood asthma cases. Bloomberg reported that the CPSC could prevent gas stoves being manufactured or imported and may also introduce new regulations to reduce the amount of emissions from the appliances.
Richard Trumka Jr. (a CPSC Commissioner) said that “this is a hidden hazard.” “Any option is possible. Products that aren’t safe can be banned.
The CPSC had previously instructed its staff to collect data and perspectives from the public about the potential dangers posed by gas stoves, and to propose solutions. According to an American Chemical Society January 2022 study, the Environmental Protection Agency (WHO) and World Health Organization, the stoves’ levels of soot, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide are linked with cancer and cardiovascular problems.
A spokeswoman for the CPSC told Daily Caller News Foundation that “The Commission hasn’t proposed regulatory action at present.” “Commission staff is also working with voluntary standard organizations to examine gas stove emissions, and address potential hazards.”
Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, along with 20 other Democratic legislators, urged the CPSC in December 2022 to reduce gas stove emissions. They stated that polluting the atmosphere disproportionately impacts low- and minority-income households. Trumka said that the agency would allow the public to voice concerns about gas stoves’ health later in the winter.