Crack­down on toxic fuel

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

HIGHLY pol­lut­ing fu­els for log burn­ers and open fires are to be banned.

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove wants to re­duce ex­po­sure to toxic par­tic­u­late mat­ter.

Min­is­ters pre­dict it will save £1.7bil­lion a year by 2020 on health spend­ing.

Mr Gove said: “Air pol­lu­tion con­tin­ues to shorten lives, harm our chil­dren and re­duce qual­ity of life.”

The plan will en­sure only the clean­est stoves are sold by 2022 and coun­cils will get new pow­ers.

Sales of tra­di­tional house coal may be phased out while pol­lu­tion from fer­tilis­ers could be tack­led.

POL­LU­TANT Wood burner

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