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Michael Gove wants clampdown on coal fires and smoky stoves

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:46 pm
by Wilberforce
Michael Gove wants clampdown on coal fires and smoky stoves
Sales of coal as a household fuel could be banned under government plans to reduce air pollution from open fires and stoves.

Restrictions could also be imposed on the burning of wet wood and councils will be given stronger powers to act against people who flout rules in smoke control areas.

Michael Gove, environment secretary, is targeting home fires because they are the single largest source of particulates that contribute to lung and heart disease, causing 29,000 early deaths a year. About 40 per cent of particulates in 2015 came from burning coal and wood in homes, more than double the proportion from diesel cars. A wood-burning stove can produce more particulates than an HGV.

The stoves are increasingly popular in middle-class homes and hotels,…

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