air quality

Borough Air Quality Letters Yield Single Citation

Jun 12, 2017
Dan Bross / KUAC

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.


Dan Bross / KUAC

A Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly ordinance that would allow some areas to be excluded from wood burning restrictions is drawing criticism from air quality advocates. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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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.


Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

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.


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