Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia criticized the proposed ban on natural gas cooking appliances. He said it would be a recipe for disaster.
This is a recipe for disaster. The federal government has no business telling American families how to cook their dinner. I can tell you the last thing that would ever leave my house is the gas stove that we cook on. https://t.co/8IEFM44UvE
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) January 10, 2023
Following news that the CPSC is considering banning gas stoves, Manchin posted a statement on Twitter. According to studies, fumes from these appliances can cause health problems.
Around 40% of all homes in the U.S. are equipped with gas stoves, which are known to emit harmful air pollutants. These include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. The World Health Organization and the EPA have also deemed these appliances as unsafe.
A study conducted last month revealed that about 12.7% of the country's children have asthma cases due to gas stove pollution. This level of exposure is similar to the burden that secondhand smoke exposure places on kids.
In October, the CPSC asked the public to provide information about the hazards associated with using natural gas cooking appliances.
A spokesperson for the agency stated that it had not proposed any new regulations.
However, Richard Trumka, the agency's commissioner, stated that it was necessary to regulate the use of gas stoves.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Trumka noted that the agency was planning on taking action to address the harmful air pollutants that are linked to respiratory problems such as asthma.
He stated that the agency was open to the idea of banning certain products from the market.
During a press briefing last month, Trumka confirmed that the agency was considering banning the sale of new gas cooking appliances.
He noted that the agency would be able to issue a regulation regarding the use of gas cooking appliances by next year.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Washington Examiner.