H. Maynard Blumer, FAIA, FCSI Consulting Architect
Bob Bishop (520 685 3319), who flies the world's smallest jet airplane, is building a 36" Rumford in his new house in Maricopa County. The new fireplace emissions law (Rule 318) kicked in January and his building permit was turned in two days later. He read Rule 318 got the permit making the assumption that our Rumfords complied by being tested to fireplace standard "equivalent" to the stove standard cited in the Rule. He ordered a "Washington Certified R3632" through our dealer, Phoenix Brick.
Charley Wilson of Sunnyside Masonry called for help in getting a Rumford approved in Maricopa County. Talk with Pioria Building Regs (623 486 7668), referred to Maricopa Cty Environmental Services Air Quality (602 506 6727) Told ordinances & regulations are on line at http://www.maricopa.gov/sbeap/ruledesc.htm. Rule 318 specifies burn ban days and regulates residential wood-burning appliances - Mark Maer - Harold Monteith may be right guys to talk with.
John Crouch, HPA, says EPA administrator or Region 9 administrator, Patricia Bowen, has to approve each appliance as result of a lawsuit filed by AZ public Interest environmentalists which forced EPA to act on lack of county compliance. George Erdman, Northern Sonoma County, also in Region 9.
Called Richard at OMNI - McCrillis has left EPA. Call Bob Marshall at EPA in "wood heater enforcement" (202 564 7021) who referred me to Rick Collier in "rule development" (919 541 5262). Both assured me EPA does not and would not approve fireplaces.
July 27, 1999
Found out Jo Crumbaker was the right person to talk with - can't remember how:
Jo Crumbaker, Air Quality Planning
Jo pointed out that Rule 318 requires approval by "EPA Administer" but admitted she didn't know whether that meant the Region 9 or national administrator. She also said we would be approved if we met the Northern Sonoma standards (which are not yet in existence) but she said the Washington standards were specifically not considered "performance standards that are equivalent to the standards in 40 CFR 60, Subpart AAA as amended through July 1 1998" as specified in Section 201.4 of Rule 318.
So, on August 19th I wrote a letter to her asking for clarification: Letter to Jo Crumbaker.
September 13, 1999: OK, I think I finally got some of the players identified. The ones below all work for Maricopa County:
Steve Petlau, Air Quality Division Manager
Jo Crumbaker, a manager within the air quality division (602 506 6705)
Joanna Cuspert - works for Jo
Mark Maer (enforcement)
Harold Monteith (dust)
Linda Bauer (602 254 6300) chairs Maricopa Assoc of Governance (MAG) staff who runs Air Quality Advisory Committee ("truly disturbed" - Maynard)
So I plan to call Al Brown and/or write letters to see how Maricopa County can hold us to a non-existent standard. As John Crouch says, "Maricopa should come up with a standard if needed." John also said that EPA disapproved Maricopa over the "equivalent" language since no fireplace protocol including N Sonoma Cty., was ever submitted to EPA. Find out who brought suit?
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