This was written by an unknown author about the two Central Boiler E Classic 2300 ordered shutdown by an Alaska court. It's worth reading. To Environment and Human Health, Inc. and others who care about breathing clean air, While the Straughns' defense attorney in the Fairbanks, Alaska case is correct that the manufacturers, distributors and retailers should share in the responsibility for the pollution that the Straughns' hydronic heaters caused, the Alaskan State Attorney bringing the lawsuit says that the responsibility for the air pollution of the outdoor wood furnace (OWF) is solely the Straugns. This position of the Alaskan State's Attorney is misguided and will only prolong the pollution problem that emanates from hydronic heaters (OWBS, OWFS - both indoor or outdoor) - call them whatever you want - they don't burn wood correctly and they all cause pollution. The cause of OWF/IWF problem is systemic, starting with the US EPA. The EPA should have banned hydronic heaters in 1988. As lead environmental watchdog in this country the EPA set a bad example for all the state environmental agencies --- only the state of Washington was intelligent enough to set emission limits for hydronic heaters. Wood boiler manufacturers took advantage of rising energy prices and the availability of the internet to market OWFs and gain market strength. They parlayed this market strength to coop the political and economic strength of organizations like the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA). They used the internet to claim that OWFs were efficient while recent EPA studies show that their efficiencies are not what the manufacturers have claimed. Basically what I am trying to say is that the Straughns' defense attorney is partially right, the manufacturers, distributors and retailers share responsibility for this pollution problem that this country unnecessarily endures. However, responsibility should also rest with the EPA who had the staff and resources to know the pollution problems from hydronic heaters and instead of acting as protectors of America's air quality and Americans' health, aided and abetted the hydronic heater manufacturers in their marketing of an pollution causing device. In addition the HPBA and the Farm Bureaus have lobbied the EPA and the state environmental agencies against regulating hydronic heaters. Responsibility also lies with the US Congress and the President who passed bills like the ARRA (2009) that misused taxpayer dollars to subsidize the purchase of polluting hydronic heaters. Responsibility also rests with each state and municipality: 1) Legislatures and boards that failed to pass legislation that regulate hydronic heaters due to lobbying from manufacturers such as Central Boiler and organizations like the Farm Bureau and HPBA, 2) State environmental agencies that fail to enact regulations to ensure that residents do not have to breathe polluted air from hydronic heaters, and 3) State Attorney Generals and state environmental agencies that fail to enforce existing laws on the books such as: No person shall cause or allow emissions of air contaminants to the outdoor atmosphere of such quantity, characteristic or duration which are injurious to human, plant or animal life or to property, or which unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property. State Attorney Generals are conflicted by their state constitutions that require them to defend their state agencies instead of prosecuting inept employees of these state agencies who make excuses for the polluters. This is the crux of the issue with the Alaskan State Attorney claiming that the sole responsibility for the pollution rests with the Straughns. One must ask if the Alaskan Department of Environmental Quality had done's its job and banned or regulated the use and placement of hydronic heaters would the Straughns be in this position now?