air quality

Judy Jesse

The Fairbanks-North Pole area air pollution problem is slowly getting better, according to a state report released Wednesday. The report covers a year that had more days of stagnant air, more no-burn days and a lot of people staying at home.


UAF Geophysical Institute and Department of Chemistry

A new compound found in Fairbanks’s winter air might reveal new strategies for fighting air pollution. Researchers at University of Alaska Fairbanks have started a three-year study to track the new compound that is a big part of the fine-particle pollution that causes health problems in the Interior.


KUAC file photo

Fort Wainwright officials have given members of the public another 60 days to offer comments on proposals to replace or upgrade the post’s old coal-fired heat and power plant.

Aurora Energy Solutions

A Fairbanks-based company hopes to begin construction in a couple of weeks on a facility that will dry firewood so it’ll burn cleaner. Aurora Energy Solutions says the firewood kiln will be built in an industrial area near the old coal-fired Chena power plant that’ll supply heat for the kiln.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has submitted a new fine particulate pollution control plan for the Fairbanks-North Pole area, to the Environmental Protection Agency. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the updated plan is required because the area has failed to meet a federal Clean Air Act standard for the health damaging fine particulates, known as “P.M. 2 point 5”, produced by burning wood, coal, and oil.

Robyne

One way to clean up winter air is to get Interior Alaska residents to stop using old, polluting woodstoves. The Environmental Protection Agency just granted five million dollars to the state’s Air Quality office to enhance a woodstove-buy-back program. They are passing some of it on to the Fairbanks North Star Borough, which has been running a change-out program for 10 years. 


Robyne

EPA scientists say the death rate in the Fairbanks North Star Borough has fallen because citizens are working to clean the air. That was announced among other progress at an Air Quality presentation in North Pole this week. A community meeting featured panelists from the EPA, the state and the borough, who took questions from the audience. 


Dan Bross / KUAC

US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Fairbanks yesterday (Mon) to gather input on a new plan to reduce local wintertime fine particulate pollution. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the EPA is ultimately responsible for approving the state generated plan.

Doyon Utilities

Fort Wainwright officials say the 65-year-old power plant that provides both heat and electricity for the post is slowly degrading and needs to be replaced. So they’re asking for public comments on a proposal that offers four alternative solutions. Anyone interested in weighing-in on the proposal must submit comments by next Wednesday.


Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about wildfire smoke in the atmosphere.

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