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Three environmental groups announced Wednesday they intend to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency for what they say is its failure to require the Fairbanks North Star Borough to reduce air pollution.


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A Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality stakeholders group is mulling over fifty proposals to reduce wintertime fine particulate pollution from wood, coal and oil burning. The borough formed group, met for a 3rd time Friday (Aug 17), and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the proposals before it are wide ranging.

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State air-quality regulators told local officials and about 50 members of the public Tuesday that the Fairbanks North Star Borough soon will have to impose a new set of tough measures to dramatically reduce fine particulates and other air pollutants in the Fairbanks area. The new measures will affect just about everyone in the area – not just those who burn wood for heat.

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Local, state and military officials will meet jointly tonight to talk about a new series of federally mandated air-pollution control measures that will be established in the near future around the Fairbanks area.


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State air-quality regulators are inviting people who live in and around the borough’s air-pollution-plagued Nonattainment Area to take a look at a series of draft documents that outline the problem and proposed solutions. A local air-quality advocate says it’s important residents read the documents, to understand more about what’s being proposed to help clean up the area’s air -- and to participate in finding solutions to the problem.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved an ordinance Thursday that’s intended to enable more area residents to qualify for a borough program that helps them pay to replace their older woodstove or other type of solid-fuel-burning heating appliance for a new cleaner-burning unit.


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A Fairbanks North Star Borough-hosted meeting on air quality drew more than a hundred people in North Pole last night. The sometimes-tense meeting was intended to promote cooperation in reducing pollution from wood and coal burning, but many used the opportunity to criticize the borough’s air-quality program and express their frustration with trying to comply with it.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Pollution Control Commission decided Tuesday it can’t support an ordinance proposed by Assemblyman Lance Roberts that would promote use of a device that proponents say could offer a lower-cost means of reducing particulate emissions from woodstoves and other solid-fuel heating devices.


Dan Bross / KUAC

Fairbanks and North Pole have suffered numerous Clean Air Act violations again this winter due to fine particulates from wood, coal and other burning. Smoke pollution persists despite long term government efforts to assess and remedy the problem, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a local group has taken air quality monitoring into their own hands.

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Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement that settles one of 2 active lawsuits aimed at forcing the agency to take overdue action on Fairbanks-North Pole area air quality. Localized, but extreme wintertime episodes of fine particulate pollution due to wood and fossil fuel burning emissions have long plagued the communities. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, clean air advocates see the legal action as a small win in a long running effort to reduce pollution.

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