PFI Standards Program Major Developments
For additional information, please visit the updated PFI Standards Program webpage.
November 8, 2011
Dear Industry Members:
There have been some significant developments in the last several days related to the PFI Standards Program.
First, PFI is pleased to announce that the American Lumber Standard Committee has agreed to serve as the accreditation body for the program.
In that role it will be responsible for implementing the program, as well as enforcing the program’s parameters, including oversight and enrollment of the program’s auditing agencies and laboratories.
ALSC has begun the process of enrolling labs and auditing agencies. If your company is interested in obtaining accreditation as an auditing agency or laboratory for this program, please contact ALSC directly at email@example.com or 301-972-1700.
Following the accreditation of the program’s auditing agencies and laboratories, enrollment of the densified fuel manufacturing facilities will begin. It is anticipated that the enrollment period for fuel manufacturers will commence in January 2012.
Second, updated copies of the program documents are now available. The PFI Standards Program is governed by three program documents, which can be found on the PFI website.
These documents outline the specific parameters of each component of the program: from the specifications necessary to meet the standard to the roles and responsibilities of each of the program’s entities.
There have been some significant changes to these documents over the last 18 months, and I recommend that you to read through them carefully. A link to the program documents is below.
The PFI website will be further developed to provide current information for all program participants as well as densified fuel retailers and consumers. I encourage you to continue to refer to the PFI website for updated enrollment and other program information.
Through significant evaluation as well as outreach to the industry, PFI has developed a standards program that has achieved industry support as well as backing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA plans to designate the PFI standard as the standard of reference in its revised New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters, due out next year. More information on the NSPS can be found below.
The PFI Board of Directors and the Standards Committee have devoted countless hours to the development of this program, and we are incredibly excited that this first phase of program enrollment is underway. Launching this program is a big step for our industry and one that will not only help us produce a better product, but provide greater reliability and consistency for the consumers that support our industry.