There's an issue gaining momentum in the West that will dramatically change the masonry fireplace business as we know it. This issue is fireplace emissions regulations. Masonry fireplaces already are outlawed in most of Colorado and parts of Nevada, California, and Montana. They will be outlawed in all of California, Washington, and probably Arizona and other Western states in the next year or two. Already some regulators are working on a national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fireplace emission standard. "Outlawed" means masonry fireplaces will not be permitted in new construction nor in remodeling--unless they are "certified." If masonry fireplaces are going to be regulated nationally, as I think they are, who among us will invest the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to do the engineering, build testing labs, and pay for official certification? Collectively or individually, someone must do it or the masonry fireplace will be history.