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Woodstove Changeout in Libby, Montana

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Residents of Libby, Mont., in Lincoln County will breathe cleaner air thanks to a woodstove changeout campaign established by EPA, the woodstove industry, and state and local governments. During the next three years, the campaign will replace old, polluting woodstoves with cleaner-burning, EPA-certified woodstoves in the Libby area, which does not meet EPA’s national air quality standards for fine-particle pollution, also known as PM 2.5. Smoke from woodstoves is the primary source of PM 2.5 emissions in and around Libby.

To kick off the Lincoln County Woodstove Changeout, the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) donated more than $1 million to install new, EPA-certified stoves and chimneys free of charge for about 300 lower-income households. EPA, the State of Montana and Lincoln County are providing additional resources as part of the campaign to replace all of the area’s older, polluting woodstoves.

Researchers estimate that about 80 percent of Lincoln County’s fine particle pollution comes from residential wood smoke from woodstoves, fireplaces and outdoor wood heaters.

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