‘Wet wood’ for home stoves and fires face ban

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‘Wet wood’ for home stoves and fires face ban

Postby Wilberforce » Sun May 27, 2018 4:44 pm

'WET WOOD' FACES CHOP
‘Wet wood’ for home stoves and fires face ban in Michael Gove’s clean-air plan

High-polluting coal and 'wet wood' sold at petrol stations will be made illegal under the Environment Secretary's strategy
By Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor
21st May 2018, 10:30 pm
Updated: 24th May 2018, 6:41 pm

WOOD for home stoves and fires will be banned unless it has been specially treated, ministers are set to announce.

The crackdown, which also includes high polluting coal, comes in Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s new clean air strategy.

The clean air strategy contains other targets and rules that will cut the cost of air pollution by £1billion a year by 2020, and £2.5billion a year by 2030

Open bags of “wet” wood currently sold in petrol stations will be made illegal.

Only wood that has been dried to less than 20 per cent of moisture can go on sale, which will increase its cost.

Burning wood and coal at home contributes 38 per cent of UK emissions of damaging particulate matter, officials argued.

The clean air strategy contains a other targets and rules that will cut the cost of air pollution by £1billion a year by 2020, and £2.5billion a year by 2030.

Mr Gove will also legislate to give councils the powers to impose their own diesel taxes for black spot areas of pollution.

Action will also be taken on ammonia used by farmers and the air pollution caused by tyres and brakes. Mr Gove said: “Air pollution is making people ill, shortening lives and damaging our economy and environment.

Mr Gove said that air pollution is making people ill, shortening lives and damaging our economy and environment

“This is why we are launching this clean air strategy, backed up with primary legislation.”

But critics accused Mr Gove of not going far enough.

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said it was like “using a water pistol to put out the air pollution wildfire”.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6345549/w ... -air-plan/
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