Friday, October 24, 2008

US bans firewood imports from Canada

The Associated Press
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is banning imports of untreated firewood from Canada amid concerns it could carry an invasive pest species into the United States.

The quarantine imposed by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requires that all hardwood firewood entering the United States from Canada must be heated to almost 160 degrees for 75 minutes.

The most common way invasive species — such as the Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth — are brought into an area is through firewood.
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