Fairbanks mayor tries to find pollution compromise

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks' Air Pollution Control Commission is set to consider a measure that would scale back regulations on wood-smoke emissions but prohibit the installation of old stoves.

The Daily News-Miner reports Fairbanks mayor Luke Hopkins is caught between the Environmental Protection Agency - which wants the city to cut down on its pollution - and voters, who approved a measure in October that prohibits any enforcement measures against home heating devices and turns over air quality control to the state.

Smoke from inefficient wood stoves is believed to be the No. 1 contributor to the problem that has put Fairbanks on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of communities violating fine particle pollution standards.

As home heating oil prices have skyrocketed, more Fairbanks residents are using wood.

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