Woodburning stoves face crack down amid health warnings
The traditional Christmas gathering around an open fire is under threat by a government investigation into whether the increasing popularity of wood-burning stoves and traditional open fires is damaging people’s health. A source told The Telegraph that the consultation will be “very open” and rather than recommending specific policies will invite submissions about the problem. Its findings will feed into the Government’s clean air strategy, which is being published in the Autumn. But it is feared that if his department backs tighter restrictions… Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is to launch a consultation in the New Year which will examine pollutants caused by wet wood and smoky coal.