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Linn County mulls limiting wood-burning furnaces

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Linn County officials may outlaw most smoky wood-burning furnaces out of concern they could pose health hazards. People have a chance to comment on the proposal tonight at 5:30 pm at the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium.  Roosevelt Middle School is located at 300 13th Street NW in Cedar Rapids.  The meeting location was changed due to an anticipated large number of attendees.

A county ordinance still being developed by the county health department would ban the outdoor wood furnaces from homes with nearby neighbors. Only boilers certified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency would be allowed, a standard that few of the furnaces meet.

County health officials say pollution produced by the furnaces can cause respiratory and heart problems.

The devices have become popular as a cheap way to heat and thousands have been sold in Iowa.

If approved, owners would likely have three to five years to replace or upgrade boilers. The Linn County Board of Supervisors would make the final decision on this issue.

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