2010 March 9: CT Windsor: Concerning CT State Bill 126: Board of Directors for statewide trade association , CT Farm Bureau, to be visited by statewide trade assoc. New London Branch. Meeting not open to the public. North Grosvenordale: Complaint about

2010 March 9: CT  Windsor: Concerning CT State Bill 126: Board of Directors for statewide trade association , CT Farm Bureau, to be visited by statewide trade assoc. New London Branch.  Meeting not open to the public.  North Grosvenordale: Complaint about OWB. History of CT State Bill 126.

The bill contains an exemption for farmers, but the (statewide trade association) New London branch is still opposed.

March 9 board of directors meeting of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association in Windsor to get the full organization to oppose Senate Bill 126.  The March 9 meeting is not open to the public, (Wayne Budney, owner of Four Winds Farm in Lebanon, who will lead the New London delegation) he said.

 

2010 Feb. 28: CT North Grosvenordale: COMMENTS & Complaint about OWB. History of CT State Bill 126.

North Grosvenordale: Complaint about OWB

The bill would add wood smoke to the public health nuisance code. This would be welcomed by those who say they’ve suffered ill health because of the furnaces. Local law enforcement is powerless to stop abuse, they say.
“For the past few winters I have had frequent migraines, poor health, bronchitis, chronic face and neck irritations, and ear infections,” Kathy Noyes-LeBlanc, of North Grosvenordale, wrote in an e-mail. “I have noticed excessive smoke from our neighbor’s OWF (outdoor wood furnace) and complained … after migraines a few days in a row. The police and fire department could do nothing.”

(In Dec. 2009) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, called for a ban on the appliances, backed by the American Lung Association and a West Haven-based advocacy group called Environmental and Human Health Inc.Blumenthal offered to negotiate through the General Assembly’s Environment Committee after its vice chairman, Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, pledged to work for stricter regulations short of an outright ban.

Bill 126 was introduced into the Environment Committee. On Feb. 10, the bill was referred to a Joint Committee on the Environment. Maynard, whose 18th District includes Griswold, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling and Voluntown, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Comments

 

3 hours ago

Maybe they shouldn’t be banned, but we do need to regulate. Not all people are considerate when it comes to their neighbors. When I was growing up, people use to burn their garbage cans. On a still morning the whole neighbor hood would be covered in smoke. You never know what people are burning.
One thing I have seen with these stoves is their chimneys. Seems to me they should have to be at a certain height,even though they are not inside a house. I have seen the smoke hovering near the ground because the Chimneys are too low.
 
2 hours ago
April1 to October 1 They should be banned.
Anyone found burning something they shouldn’t be should be banned.

 

 

 

Southeastern Connecticut farmers vow to fight outdoor furnace curbs

New London County branch seeks state group’s backing

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Robert Burns, of Aiki Farms in Ledyard, says his outdoor furnace provides all his farm’s heating needs.

By JAMES MOSHER
Posted Mar 01, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
New London County farmers are calling for their statewide trade association to fight against a state Senate bill that threatens the use of outdoor wood-burning furnaces.

Wayne Budney, owner of Four Winds Farm in Lebanon, said he will lead a contingent to the March 9 board of directors meeting of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association in Windsor to get the full organization to oppose Senate Bill 126. The bureau’s New London County branch, of which Budney is president, voted Tuesday to oppose the measure.

The bill contains an exemption for farmers, but the New London branch is still opposed. Widespread problems caused by a still-sour economy are animating the farmers, Budney said. 

“This will cause hardship for a ton of people in Connecticut,” said Budney, who does not own an outdoor furnace.

The Windham County branch has not taken an official position on the bill, but shares some of same concerns, Windham Director Randolph Blackmer Jr. said. Blackmer received an e-mail from Budney on Thursday, a letter addressed to farm bureau directors in all of Connecticut’s eight counties.

“There are a few bad apples ruining it for everybody,” said Blackmer, owner of Blackmer Farm in North Grosvenordale.

He criticized “broad brush” approaches to the issue, hoping for a more targeted strategy in rooting out people misusing the furnaces.

“A few of the stoves are placed where they shouldn’t be and that’s causing all the problems,” said Blackmer, who does not own an outdoor furnace, although his two sons do.

Ban had been sought

The issue exploded late last year when Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, called for a ban on the appliances, backed by the American Lung Association and a West Haven-based advocacy group called Environmental and Human Health Inc.

Opposition rose quickly, led by stove sellers such as Scott Bradley, of Mainline Heating & Supply Inc. in Ashford, and some farmers. Blumenthal offered to negotiate through the General Assembly’s Environment Committee after its vice chairman, Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, pledged to work for stricter regulations short of an outright ban.

Bill 126 was introduced into the Environment Committee. On Feb. 10, the bill was referred to a Joint Committee on the Environment. Maynard, whose 18th District includes Griswold, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling and Voluntown, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Steve Reviczky, an Ashford native who is the farm bureau’s statewide executive director, also couldn’t be reached.

Unhealthy smoke

The bill would add wood smoke to the public health nuisance code. This would be welcomed by those who say they’ve suffered ill health because of the furnaces. Local law enforcement is powerless to stop abuse, they say.

“For the past few winters I have had frequent migraines, poor health, bronchitis, chronic face and neck irritations, and ear infections,” Kathy Noyes-LeBlanc, of North Grosvenordale, wrote in an e-mail. “I have noticed excessive smoke from our neighbor’s OWF (outdoor wood furnace) and complained … after migraines a few days in a row. The police and fire department could do nothing.”

Farmers empathize with the sufferers but say moves toward widespread banning would be environmentally, financially and culturally devastating to rural New Englanders steeped in a wood-based lifestyle.

Municipalities reeling from the recession would be hurt by a ban, Blackmer said, noting
Thompson’s highway department uses an outdoor furnace. 

“This bill would open up a huge can of worms,” Budney said

The March 9 meeting is not open to the public, he said.

 

Comments

 

3 hours ago

Maybe they shouldn’t be banned, but we do need to regulate. Not all people are considerate when it comes to their neighbors. When I was growing up, people use to burn their garbage cans. On a still morning the whole neighbor hood would be covered in smoke. You never know what people are burning.
One thing I have seen with these stoves is their chimneys. Seems to me they should have to be at a certain height,even though they are not inside a house. I have seen the smoke hovering near the ground because the Chimneys are too low.
 
2 hours ago
April1 to October 1 They should be banned.
Anyone found burning something they shouldn’t be should be banned.