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New Ind. rules would restrict wood-fired boilers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's first proposed restrictions on outdoor wood-burning furnaces used by rural homeowners use to heat their homes are nearing a vote before a state panel.

The Indiana Air Pollution Control Board could vote on preliminary approval of the rules as soon as July 13, with final approval possible by early next year.

But people who use these outdoor wood-fired boilers to heat their homes during cold weather and provide hot water aren't thrilled.

One provision would ban their use in June, July and August if an occupied residence is less than 300 feet away.

Supporters of the rules say they're long overdue because smoke wafting from the furnaces can worsen breathing problems in the elderly, children and others.

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