As of yesterday, Quebec residents had to register their fireplaces and wood burning stoves. They have until 2018 to make sure they meet strict admission standards to implement stricter air-pollution regulations. Montreal sent out 47,000 letters to residents it suspects has the appliances, based on records of municipal home evaluations. As of late November, the city had compiled 23,000 online responses. Fireplaces and burning stoves will be banned unless they meet the new emission standards of 2.5 grams of fine particles or less per hour. Making sure a fireplace is compliant can cost anywhere between 2 and 8 thousand dollars.
Are fireplaces the new enemy of the environment? Is this necessary or another unnecessary government intrusion in our lives?