Backyard burger and wiener roasts targeted by EPA

Washington Examiner – by Paul Bedard

The Environmental Protection Agency has its eyes on pollution from backyard barbecues.

The agency announced that it is funding a University of California project to limit emissions resulting in grease drippings with a special tray to catch them and a “catalytic” filtration system.

The $15,000 project has the “potential for global application,” said the school.

The school said that the technology they will study with the EPA grant is intended to reduce air pollution and cut the health hazards to BBQ “pit masters” from propane-fueled cookers.  

Charged with keeping America’s air, water and soil clean, the EPA has been increasingly looking at homeowners, especially their use of pollution emitting tools like lawn mowers.

The school is proposing two fixes to reduce emissions from barbecues. First, they want to cut back on grease flare-ups. The idea: “A slotted and corrugated tray is inserted immediately prior to meat flipping, and removed immediately after. This short contact time prevents the tray from over-heating and volatilizing the collected grease. This collected grease will then drip off into a collection tray and can be used at the pit master’s discretion.”

But, total capture isn’t “practical,” so a filter and fan are proposed for installation. “The secondary air filtration system is composed of a single pipe duct system which contains a specialized metal filter, a metal fan blade, a drive shaft, and an accompanying power system with either a motorized or manual method. This system can be powered by either an exterior electric motor with a chain-driven drive shaft, directly spinning the fan blade, or a hand-powered crank,” said the project write-up.

The grant is part of the EPA’s “National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2014).”

The expected results, according to the proposal:

“We expect to limit the overall air pollution PM [particulate matter] emissions from barbecuing and to alleviate some of the acute health hazards that a barbecue pit master can experience from inhalation. The particulate matter present during cooking with and without the grease diverter and PM2.5 filters will be tested and compared to that of current data using a conventional propane barbecue using a fumehood chamber with detectors at CE-CERT. Personal exposure of PM2.5 will also be monitored throughout the experimentation period to determine the degree of acute exposure of particulates to the cook.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at

9 thoughts on “Backyard burger and wiener roasts targeted by EPA

  1. The Retards at the EPA will likely only be satisfied when they get to eradicate humans as an “Environmental Hazard” To Hell with them.

  2. Wow…
    Just when I thought my ability to be appalled by foolish waste of resources in finding new ways to regulate and tax the American National, along comes the good ol’ EPA with a curving slider (yes, an infantile bit of toilet humor there) from somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

    Just another obvious reason to eliminate this unconstitutional subchapter of the FEDERAL CORPORATION.

    God Bless the Republic.

  3. This is ironic, as the EPA harps on about woodstoves, chimneys, and now BBQs, but has no problem with the radiation emitted constantly from Fukushima!

  4. like to see the dance they step to, if they decide to walk into my back yard BBQ

    everyone to my home cook outs are welcome to come armed ,, most do

  5. $15,000 for a drip plate to catch grease?

    I hope someone’s head gets barbequed. Maybe they’ll write Hannibal Lecter a ticket for having a non-FDA approved barbeque grill.

  6. Let ’em show up at my place to try to enforce this if it becomes another idiotic law. They won’t like what’s on the menu.

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