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If you have an outdoor wood furnace, bill 310 CMR 7.26 is going to limit the time you can heat your house with wood. You will only be able to use the wood-burning unit from Sept. 30 to April 15. The average low temperatures in the colder months, which this new law does not allow the outdoor wood-burning units to run, are in order April 34.9 , May 44.8 and September, 50 .

They are also going to limit which wood furnace you can use by emission’s stack height and property line. If you don’t want to be left out in the cold with oil heading to $5 a gallon, make your voice heard.

To comment on these changes you need to contact by e-mail james.doucett@state.ma.us or mail by July 3 to James Doucett, Business Compliance Division, Mass DEP, 1 Winter St., Boston, MA 02108.

To look at the new laws go to www.mass.gov/DEP/service/regulations/proposed/OwBrBgD.DDF. (Editor’s note: No information found at this Web site.)

JOANNE PLUMER

Worried Wood Burner

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