House Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat from Chicago, is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) why the agency has not established safety standards or provided warnings for consumers on the health risks from the air pollution from gas stoves.
There’s been no action from the CPSC on gas stoves despite the commission understanding the potential public health and climate dangers since a 1986 EPA report.
Studies have shown gas stoves emit harmful levels of several pollutants linked to asthma and other health problems. Studies show homes with gas stoves from popular manufacturers have pollution levels an estimated 50% to 400% higher than homes with electric stoves. Krishnamoorthi’s letter to the CPSC also asked the agency its view on whether legislation is needed to address the health impacts.