Outdoor furnace opponents to present health study

April 4, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Opponents of outdoor wood-burning furnaces are presenting a study of how smoke from the devices has affected the health of nearby residents.

The report for the Connecticut-based Environment and Human Health Inc. by a public health toxicologist will be offered Wednesday at a scheduled news conference at the Legislative Office Building.

It comes after two legislative committees rejected proposals to further regulate the furnaces, including a ban on operating them between April 15 and Oct. 15, and adding wood smoke to the state's public health nuisance code.

Nancy Alderman, president of the environmental group, says it's important for the information from the three-month study to reach the public, despite the actions taken by the General Assembly.

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