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White House, consumer safety commission push back against rumors of federal ban on gas stoves

Agency "has no proceeding" to ban appliance.

Published: January 11, 2023 2:02pm

Updated: January 11, 2023 2:12pm

Both the White House and the head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are pushing back against widespread outrage over the agency's alleged plans to push a ban of gas stoves throughout the United States. 

The CPSC was the target of significant opprobrium earlier this week when it was revealed that the agency was considering a ban on gas stoves, with CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka calling them "a hidden hazard."

CPSC Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric, meanwhile, pushed back against those allegations, suggesting the agency has no intention of banning the popular appliance. 

Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards,” Hoehn-Saric said in to media.

“But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so," he said. 

The White House, meanwhile, also rushed to distance itself from Trumka's comments. 

“The President does not support banning gas stoves – and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, is not banning gas stoves," the Biden administration told CNN on Wednesday. 

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