Fairbanks to vote on wood stove air pollution

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Borough Assembly voted 5-4 to let voters have a say during the Oct. 6 election on how air pollution prevention programs should be run.

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

The measures may include tax breaks or a buyback program for inefficient wood and coal-burning stoves.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports some people at Thursday's meeting felt the borough was singling out people with wood-burning home heat in order to satisfy overzealous federal regulators.

The ballot measure will ask voters whether the borough should administer the pollution program for the state.

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