2010 March 9: CT Hartford: Sides split on whether to put lid on outdoor furnaces

2010 March 9: CT Hartford: Sides split on whether to put lid on outdoor furnaces

By Christine McCluskey
Journal Inquirer
Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 11:45 AM EST
HARTFORD – A proposal to curb the use of outdoor wood-burning furnaces and label the smoke a public health nuisance brought both supporters and opponents Monday to speak before the legislature’s Environment Committee.

Those in favor of the bill – including some who said neighbors’ wood smoke had caused health problems for them and their families – said it would be an important public health measure.

Opponents said a minority of outdoor wood-burning furnace operators who don’t use their furnaces properly is responsible for the problems, which they said can be dealt with by state or local officials under current law.

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