air pollution

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.

Dan Bross / KUAC

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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