Fairbanks ponders how to clear the air

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Many of the 70 people attending a Fairbanks Borough Air Pollution Control Commission meeting asked for more study before restrictions are imposed on wood- or coal-burning stoves.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports one participant at Tuesday's meeting, Laura Sliney, said she doubted she could afford to replace her wood stove, even with financial help through a proposed program.

The Borough Assembly voted last week 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.

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