fine particulate pollution

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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.

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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.

Tower Gets New Use

May 3, 2019
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University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are making use of an instrumentation tower that was set for removal. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the tower is being up-cycled to provide previously unavailable lower atmospheric data essential to understanding Fairbanks cold air inversions and pollution.

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A Fairbanks North Star Borough air quality stakeholders group is mulling over fifty proposals to reduce wintertime fine particulate pollution from wood, coal and oil burning. The borough formed group, met for a 3rd time Friday (Aug 17), and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the proposals before it are wide ranging.

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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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