H.R. 453 would delay the requirement for compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) performance standards for new residential wood heaters, hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces from 2020 until 2023. The EPA finalized the new regulations, which primarily affect manufacturers of those heating devices, in 2015.
Using information from the EPA about its current activities related to implementing the regulations, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not have a significant net effect on the agency’s workload or spending. CBO expects that extending the date would result in more resources being spent on assistance with compliance than on enforcement.