Alaska Division of Air Quality

State environmental regulators anticipate that Fairbanks North Pole area air quality will meet a federal fine particulate pollution standard sooner than previously expected.


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. 

Air Quality SIP Hearings on Wednesday

Jun 24, 2019

It’s time to comment on air pollution control plans. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is having public hearings this week on the Implementation Plan for pollution control. There are five different ways to comment.

Last month DEC released a draft of the Serious State Implementation Plan, or Serious SIP. Before finalizing it, the agency wants to hear suggested changes to make it more workable.


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Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly heard comments from citizens who were concerned about an ordinance that outlines local regulation of air quality.

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is tasked with advancing an ordinance during their regular meeting Thursday that amends current borough code to allow for local regulation of air quality.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says he expects plenty of public testimony during the Citizens’ comments portion of the meeting even though the ordinance won’t be up for public hearing for another two weeks. 

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.’”

Alaska Division of Air Quality

The controversial air-quality regulations that state officials have proposed for the Fairbanks-area residents are aimed at reducing pollution from wood-burning heating systems. They do not apply to coal-fired systems, which are becoming increasingly popular because coal is even cheaper than wood. That worries local and state officials, because burning coal releases many of the same pollutants as wood.