According to a new report, a federal agency may look to ban gas stove use due to concern about the release of pollutants that can cause health and respiratory problems.
The public will be able to comment on the dangers of gas stoves during the winter season. Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. said that the commission could set standards on emissions from the gas stove.
Trumka said that any option is on the table. Products that are unsafe can be banned.
40 percent of homes in the US use the stove, which emits pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter that are considered unsafe by the EPA and World Health Organization. The emissions have been linked to a number of health issues. According to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, more than 12 percent of current childhood asthma cases are related to gas stove use.
The harmful emissions are acumulative burden on black, Latino and low-income households and should be addressed by the commission.
The Association of Home appliance manufacturers argues that cooking produces harmful emissions regardless of the stove used.
The discussion should be about ventilating rather than banning one technology, according to a vice president at the association. A ban on one type of cooking appliance won't address the concerns about indoor air quality. People should turn on their hoods when cooking.
A ban was argued against by the American Gas Association.
Karen Harbert, the group's president, told the outlet that the EPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission don't present gas ranges as a significant contributor to adverse air quality or health hazard. Ensuring that natural gas and the infrastructure that transports it are included is the most realistic way to achieve a sustainable future where energy is clean, safe, reliable and affordable.