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February 25, 2014

Federal wood burning rule prompts rural backlash

Associated Press

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Darwin Woods stokes the fire in the wood burning stove that he uses to heat both his home and water near Clark, Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

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