2012 May 4: CT: OWF Bill unanimously passes the CT Senate – it now has to pass the House
The CT Outdoor Wood Furnace (OWF) Bill has just passed the CT Senate
We can thank Senator Ed Meyer who did a wonderful job of shepherding
the Bill through the Senate – we can also thank Karl Wagener,
Executive Director of the the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
and all the CEQ members who worked on the OWF issue, we should thank
the Commissioners of Health, Environment and Agriculture for working
together and coming up with the final language of the Bill and we can
thank all the harmed people who have worked for years to tell their
stories of physical harms and harms to their property values.
This Bill is not everything that everyone might have wanted – but it
is certainly an improvement from where we are now – and it puts in
place a study group to continue working on the OWF issues. The Bill
also recognizes that OWFs do cause harm and that they were in need of
further regulation. The Bill is below – click in blue type.
What does this Bill do?
1. All new OWFs bought after next October 1 in CT must be Phase ll units.
2. Anyone harmed by an OWF from May1st – September 30th, can send a
written complaint to their local health director or to the CT DEEP
and they can close the OWF down for that time.
3. Only clean wood or wood pellets will be allowed to be burned.
4. A study group will be formed of the 3 Commissioners – Health,
Environment and Agriculture.
We will now hope for good luck in the House.