(FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER) Fairbanks — At the end of a smoky week in the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new standards for wood stoves that are less stringent than those planned by the state, at least at first.

The EPA’s much-anticipated wood stove regulations are proposed to go into effect throughout the country in 2015, requiring newly manufactured stoves to cut maximum emissions by more than a third. Those standards would tighten dramatically in 2019.

Wood stoves that already are installed or are for sale are not affected by the regulations, a Friday press release from the EPA stated.

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