A local lawmaker is touting a bill to protect trees and plants from harmful pests.
Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that would enforce the restrictions on bringing in firewood to Connecticut. Redding Representative John Shaban, a ranking member of the Environment Committee, says any person who transports firewood from a quarantined area, for a first offense, will receive a warning as long as the point of origin is disclosed . Any subsequent offense will be be fined $85.
Shaban says this will also allow the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to better track and control shipments of firewood. The director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will be in charge of control, suppression or extermination of insects or diseases which are, or threaten to become, serious pests of plants such as the Emerald Ash Borer.
Any person who transports firewood violating the restrictions with the intent to sell the firewood will be fined $200.