Study to examine Fairbanks air pollution

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A study will be looking at air pollution in Alaska's second largest city, specifically where the mixture of dust, soot, dirt and other airborne particles comes from in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are cooperating on the study. The project will continue through the end of this year and into next winter before the results are presented in 2009, said borough air quality specialist Jim Conner.

It looks like Fairbanks - plagued by particulate pollution on many winter days - will be included on a soon-to-be-released list of places that chronically violate health standards developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The $2 million testing project represents a major step as the borough prepares to manage its pollution concentrations.

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