Fairbanks North Star Borough

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Money to help residents convert to natural gas or propane was passed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly last night. Like the existing woodstove change-out program, the measure hands out a subsidy to take oil burners and replace them with natural gas or propane burners. 


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. 


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Construction of a big natural gas storage tank in Fairbanks is nearing completion. And officials with the utility that’s been trying to persuade people in the Fairbanks area to convert to gas for home heating say the tank will help them attract those customers.

Municipal Election Results

Oct 2, 2019

Link to the Fairbanks North Star Borough October  1, 2019 Unofficial results:

http://fnsb.us/documents/results-1.aspx

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. 


09-16-19 9:30 AM newscast


Dan Bross / KUAC

Wildfire smoke is impacting air quality in many areas of the state, with some of the worst conditions in the Interior, including at North Pole. The community is known for severe wintertime fine particulate pollution from wood and coal stove and boiler emissions, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, this week’s wildfire smoke has been far worse.

Salcha Fair Association

The Salcha Fair is back! After two years of hiatus, planning is under way for a different kind of fair that’ll be held in mid-August.


Interior Gas Utility

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly considers an ordinance tonight (Thurs) which would authorize a loan to the Interior Gas Utility. The IGU was created by borough voters as a legally independent entity to expand availability of natural gas, to improve air quality, and lower energy costs, but its spending a lot of money on gas infrastructure, and there’s concern the consumer gas price won’t be low enough to drive a switch from more polluting coal, oil and wood fuels. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The state has released a new plan to reduce Fairbanks wintertime fine particulate pollution. The updated plan is federally required because, areas of Fairbanks and North Pole continue to fall below Clean Air Act standards, when cold air inversions trap emissions form wood, coal and oil burning. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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