(CNSNews.com) – The White House said Wednesday that it is not seeking to ban gas stoves despite reports to the contrary.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric issued a statement Wednesday, saying, “I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.”
He said the commission is “researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address health risks,” and the commission is engaged in “strengthening voluntary safety standards” for the appliances.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. called gas stoves “a hidden hazard,” adding that “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
“I ask about this gas stove thing that kind of bubbled up yesterday. Does the White House think gas stoves are safe, and I know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today they’re not looking to ban gas stoves, but I wonder was there communication between the White House?” a reporter asked Wednesday.
“So as far as the safety piece of it, it’s not something for us to answer from here. I would refer you to the Consumer … Product Safety Commission,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“As the chair said today, and I quote ‘Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards, but to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceedings to do so,’” the press secretary said.
“Look, as far as our conversation with– to your question, we are in regular touch with them, but of course, they are an independent– they are independently correcting the record on this for several days now, and so as I’m aware, we’re not in touch with them on this particular issue. Again, I would refer you to their comment,” Jean-Pierre said.
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