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Installation of new outdoor wood-burning furnaces and boilers was banned on Sept. 28 at North Haven’s annual town meeting.
Existing wood-burning furnaces may continue in use only if registered within 60 days with North Haven’s Department of Public Works. Additionally, existing units must comply with Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection regulations, including that they be at least 200 feet from neighboring residences.
Hamden’s Planning and Zoning Commission has voted 5-2 in favor of banning outdoor wood furnaces, Nancy Alderman writes.
“The ban was supported in that meeting by representatives of the American Lung Association, New England, the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, the past Commissioner of Public Health for Connecticut and a pediatrician representing Environment and Human Health, Inc.
In North Haven the venue was a town meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Selectman recommended to the town that there be a town-wide ban on outdoor wood furnaces.
Nancy Alderman represented Environment and Human Health, Inc. and explained that American Lung, New England, the Local Health Department as well as the past Commissioner of Public Health for CT supported the ban.
Three people spoke against a ban saying that this was America and one should be able to live as one wanted with no one telling them how to live. A number of people spoke for the ban asking that the town protect peoples’ health and North Haven’s environment. In the end a voice vote was taken and the ban was approved.
There are now 13 towns in Connecticut that have banned outdoor wood furnaces in order to protect people’s property values and their health. Those towns are: Granby, Tolland, Hebron, Woodbridge, South Windsor, Portland, Norfolk, Ridgefield, Haddam, Cheshire, West Hartford, Hamden and North Haven.