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Four public buildings around Fairbanks will offer more electrical outlets in their parking lots next year to encourage customers to plug-in their engine-block heaters during cold snaps. The project is intended to help improve the area’s air quality.


Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly last week delayed consideration of technology that could reduce emissions from wood heating. An ordinance sponsored by Assembly member Lance Roberts would include installation of electrostatic precipitators as part of the borough’s wood-stove changeout program. The stack-mounted devices use static electricity to remove health-damaging fine particulates from smoke.


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The University of Alaska Fairbanks is building a heat-and-power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that’ll reduce most pollutants – but it will continue to emit  greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet. Many on campus say that conflicts with UAF’s leadership in Arctic climate-change research.


Borough Air Quality Letters Yield Single Citation

Jun 12, 2017
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough toughened its air regulations in advance of this spring’s EPA re-designation of much of the borough as a serious non-attainment area for fine-particulate pollution. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the borough issued more than 170 air quality violation letters, but only one citation followed.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Fairbanks North Star Borough residents are going to have to find ways to burn less and cleaner to bring the community into compliance with federal air quality regulations. That’s the message from Environmental Protection Agency representatives in town this week to discuss chronic wintertime fine particulate pollution in some Fairbanks and North Pole neighborhoods. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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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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There will be no funded campaign to fight a citizen initiative aimed at stripping the Fairbanks North Star Borough of certain air quality regulation powers. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, this fall’s initiative is the 6th local voters have considered on the issue since 2009, and follows defeat of a ban on local regulation last year.

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Clean air advocates say they’re disappointing that local and state regulators haven’t made more progress in getting the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s air-quality program up and going. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, Citizens for Clean Air members are worried the slow-moving process could jeopardize the local program, because opponents are already working to get an initiative before voters in the fall.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly passed a sweeping air-quality ordinance Thursday night that supporters hope will finally begin to clean up Fairbanks’s wintertime air pollution. Most members agreed the ordinance isn’t perfect, but that it’s a good start.


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