Apparently, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Democratic Party are now looking to go after and further regulate your backyard barbecue.

I just read an article in The Washington Examiner explaining how the EPA is looking to protect the world from the grease drippings when you barbecue.

The EPA just 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.”

Yes, you read that correctly — a “catalytic” filtration system for your backyard grill.

The University of California stated 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.”

How do Obama and the Democrats intend to save the world from your nasty barbecues?

Well, let us read on. According to The Washington Examiner’s article,

“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."

Apparently, the University of California believes the above is not enough to totally capture your global killing grease. So, it stated the following:

"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.”

According to The Washington Examiner’s article, the expected results, according to the proposal are as follows:

"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."

The question I have for you is, "When is enough an enough?"

Or do you believe our backyard barbecues need to be further regulated?

Let’s discuss this today on my show the Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.

Or please feel free to start a discussion and write your thoughts in the comment section.

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