fine particulate pollution

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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.

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Technology that removes fine particulates from wood and coal stove smoke is being readied for testing in North Pole. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, its part of a citizen science project.

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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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The Fairbanks North Star borough has begun new weekly information service that tracks the cost of various heating fuels. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the weekly online update is aimed at educating consumers about their options, and encouraging use of lower emission’s fuels to improve air quality this winter.

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A new state program should help improve Fairbanks winter air quality. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the volunteer program provides a way for wood buyers to verify they’re getting cleaner burning dry wood.

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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.

Doctor Says Smoke Kills

Jan 7, 2015
Dan Bross / KUAC

Areas of Fairbanks and North Pole suffered poor air quality this a week as cold stagnant air allowed smoke from wood burning and other combustion to accumulate. The situation is nothing new and the focus of state and local plan to clean up the air.  Fine particulate pollution is a known health hazard, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that’s confirmed in a locally produced report.

Assembly to Host Air Quality Town Hall

Dec 9, 2014

Fairbanks, AK- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will host a town hall meeting Wednesday regarding Air Quality in the Borough.

Assemblyman John Davies is helping organize the meeting. It comes after area voters rejected an initiative that restricted local regulation of clean air standards in October.

“It’s not like a hearing on an ordinance, so we’re not actually putting out ‘here’s what we’re going to do,’" Davies explains. "It’s more like ‘please come down and tell us what you think we should do.’”

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A Utah based doctor is warning Fairbanks residents about the dangers of smoky air.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Doctor Brian Moench (MENCH), who scheduled to speak in Fairbanks tomorrow (Sat.), cites medical research and his own experience in a Salt Lake City hospital, to paint a dire picture of the health impacts of fine particulate pollution.