The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized a New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for residential wood heaters. In order to meet the new standards, residential wood pellet stoves are required to burn pellets that have been certified as meeting the quality standards such as those established by the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI).
Only those wood pellet manufacturers whose pellet fuels are certified as meeting those standards recognized by EPA’s NSPS will be allowed to use the recognized certification label, thereby assuring consumers that the pellets in fact meet the standards.
As a result of the NSPS, it is expected that demand for certified pellets will increase. Pellet retailers, short on shelf space, may choose to carry only pellets that are certified and labeled as such, rather than stocking two different types.
While the NSPS will not specifically require pellets to be certified, market forces could make it difficult for uncertified pellets to compete.
Manufacturers who wish to use the PFI certification label indicating that their pellets meet the standard must adhere to the PFI’s Standard Specification for Residential/Commercial Densified Fuel and follow the PFI’s recommended quality control and quality assurance procedures (details are available at www.pelletheat.org). Those procedures include a requirement to subscribe to a third party agency for inspections, sampling, testing, and overall program oversight.
The American Lumber Standards Committee serves as the program’s accreditation body and PLIB has been approved as an accredited third-party auditing agency for the pellet certification program. We can help you work through the process of getting your densified wood fuel products certified under the PFI standard.
PLIB’s pellet fuel certification program includes monthly site inspections, monitoring, and QC program auditing for pellet manufacturers located in British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California.
For more information on the new pellet certification program or to get certified, call us at (253) 835-3344 (U.S.) or (604) 732-1782 (Canada) or contact us via email.