I talked with a "usually reliable source" who has an EPA Qualified Fireplace and had just met with BAAQMD staff, including Eric Pop and his boss, Kelly Wee.
So far none of the EPA qualified fireplaces has been approved by the BAAQMD even though their Rule 6 sets the standard as being EPA qualified. My friend says the BAAQMD is generally hostile to any wood-burning and thinks the BAAQMD staff still doesn't understand why fireplaces can't just meet the stove standard.
He thinks he answered all their questions about his fireplace and wants to give them a few weeks to decide. He thinks the BAAQMD may be just very slow. In a few weeks, however, he may be interested in a legal solution.
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