Wood Smoke Work Group
Improving Indoor Air
NTAA and EPA established a work group to collaborate with Tribal, state, EPA and other involved entities with a purpose of researching, developing, and implementing a national residential wood stove program to address both the indoor and ambient air quality impacts from residential wood/coal burning stoves, as well as to address other wood smoke related issues on Tribal lands.
Many tribal homes use old, inefficient and dirty burning stoves for heating and cooking. These outdated stoves may also release wood smoke that is harmful to the health of residents, especially the young and the old. To avoid these health risks and to gain the greater efficiency and effectiveness of new, cleaner burning technology wood stoves, it is recommended that old stoves be gradually replaced or “changed out.”