The Tanana Chiefs Conference last week was awarded a $150,000 federal grant last week for a program that helps residents clean up and reuse contaminated sites around their communities.

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A network of partnerships between nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private-sector recycling companies is planning to step up efforts to clean up junk and electronic waste that’s been accumulating for decades in remote communities around Alaska. The partnerships are racing to clean up as much of the stuff as possible by 2020, when federal funding for the projects is scheduled to run out.

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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Golden Valley Electric Association’s top executive says members should prepare for rate hikes to pay for GVEA’s response to new pollution controls on powerplants that the federal government announced today. The new rule will be phased in over the coming years in an effort to cut powerplants’ production of climate-changing greenhouse gases by about a third.

A group has formed to fight against a proposition on next month’s Fairbanks municipal election ballot. Prop 3 would strip all North Star Borough authority to regulate heating appliances, like wood stoves, leaving air quality control up to the state and federal government. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.