Fairbanks asks public opinion on air pollution

Posted: Friday, August 21, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough scheduled a public hearing Thursday night to ask voters opinion on air pollution.

The assembly is considering a ballot question asking whether it should take the lead on pollution-prevention measures, such as a buyback program for inefficient wood- and coal-fired furnaces.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has said it will draft and enforce pollution-prevention measures if local officials decline to do so.

State air quality director Alice Edwards has said the federal Clean Air Act requires the state to step in if local government fails to act.

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