House coal and wet wood restrictions come into force in England

(The Guardian, 3 May 2021) Wood stoves and open fires a big source of PM2.5, identified by WHO as most serious air pollutant for human health.

Restrictions on the sale of coal, wet wood and manufactured solid fuels that can be burned in the home have come into force in England as the government attempts to cut air pollution.

Wood-burning stoves and open fires can still be used from 1 May but must be fuelled by cleaner alternatives, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

They are a big source of the pollutant PM2.5, which can enter the bloodstream, lodge in lungs and other organs and has been identified by the World Health Organization as the most serious air pollutant for human health.

The particles have been linked to a wide range of health damage, particularly in younger and older people.

The restrictions, which form part of the government’s clean air strategy, mean bagged coal and wet wood of less than 2 cubic metres cannot be sold, and wet wood in larger volumes must be sold with advice on how to dry it before burning.

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The Guardian, 3 May 2021: House coal and wet wood restrictions come into force in England