Court slaps down regulations on decorative furnaces

A federal court on Friday ordered the Obama administration to stop regulating decorative furnaces as if they are real heating and cooling systems.

The Energy Department attempted to to "circumvent the limits on its authority" with the regulations, according to the decision in favor of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association and the National Propane Gas Association.

"[The department] was free to grow its regulatory authority through the statutorily provided for means, but chose instead to push the outermost limits of interpretive credulity," wrote U.S. District Court of Appeals Judge Janice Rogers Brown in the decision.