Environmental Protection Agency

Jeanne Olson

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday that supports and authorizes testing of a type of air-pollution control technology that local advocates say will clean smoke from woodstoves and help improve the area’s air quality. The advocates say they hope the data they’ll develop through their testing will convince federal environmental regulators to include electrostatic precipitators on its list of EPA-approved technologies that could enable homeowners and businesses to continue operating their wood- or pellet stoves during burn bans.


FNSB

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.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

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.


EPA

The Tanana Chiefs Conference last week was awarded a $150,000 federal grant last week for a program that helps residents clean up and reuse contaminated sites around their communities.


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.


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.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The 19th annual Alaska Forum on the Environment wraps up today after five days of presentations on environmental challenges confronting the state. Dozens of organizers and more than a thousand participants came to the event to find solutions, but many also found themselves dealing with a new challenge stemming from the changed political environment.


The Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated standards for wood fired heaters.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

David Spindler/UAF Sun Star

Golden Valley Electric Association’s top executive says members should prepare for rate hikes to pay for GVEA’s response to new pollution controls on powerplants that the federal government announced today. The new rule will be phased in over the coming years in an effort to cut powerplants’ production of climate-changing greenhouse gases by about a third.