Bloomberg reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may vote to ban natural gas stoves after a recent research found that the appliances generate dangerous emissions.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in December 2022, gas-burning stoves, which are present in 35% of U.S. households, account for approximately 12.7% of childhood asthma cases in the country, posing a risk comparable to that posed by exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. Bloomberg stated that the CPSC may prohibit the manufacturing and importation of gas stoves or adopt new restrictions to control the emissions emitted by the equipment.
“This is a hidden hazard,” Richard Trumka Jr., a CPSC commissioner, told Bloomberg. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
The CPSC previously asked its staff to collect information and opinions from the general public on the possible risks posed by gas stoves and recommended remedies to these risks. The Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization have linked the stoves’ emissions of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and soot to respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, according to a report published by the American Chemical Society in January 2022.
“The Commission has not proposed regulatory action at this time,” a CPSC spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Commission staff also is working with voluntary standards organizations to examine gas stove emissions and address potential hazards.”
Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and twenty other Democrats encouraged the CPSC to clamp down on gas stove emissions in December 2022, arguing that the pollution disproportionately affects minority and low-income homes. Trumka told Bloomberg that the FDA will accept public feedback on the health risks linked with gas stoves later this winter.