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Local Officials To Learn About Conn. Bamboo Caw

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Municipal officials are being briefed about a new Connecticut law concerning restrictions on so-called running bamboo.

UConn and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have scheduled a workshop for Tuesday at the Milford City Hall auditorium, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The new law creates setbacks from property lines and containment requirements for those who plant the fast-growing plant. It also requires retail sellers to provide information to people who purchase the variety of bamboo, including methods to contain it. The legislation is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1.

Local zoning enforcement officers and other staff will have the authority to enforce the new restrictions. Failure to comply with the law could result in a $100 fine.

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