The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly got to work Thursday night fine-tuning an ordinance that spells out how the borough’s new air-quality regulations would be enforced. Assembly members tried to balance the need to enforce the regs and reduce air pollution against the need to get the public to go along with them. And to give a break to people who can’t afford to upgrade their heating system.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly held a second, lengthy public hearing Thursday night on an ordinance that would set standards for local air-quality, and policies and penalties to enforce those standards. Many of the comments focused on the health impacts of the ordinance.
Areas of Fairbanks and North Pole suffered poor air quality this a week as cold stagnant air allowed smoke from wood burning and other combustion to accumulate. The situation is nothing new and the focus of state and local plan to clean up the air. Fine particulate pollution is a known health hazard, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that’s confirmed in a locally produced report.