New Fairbanks Air-Quality Regulations Find Critics

The state released a package of proposed regulations intended to help curb some of Alaska's worst pollution in the Fairbanks area.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The state released a package of proposed regulations intended to help curb some of Alaska's worst pollution in the Fairbanks area.

The regulations, released by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Air Quality include tougher standards for new wood stoves installed in areas of the Fairbanks North Star Borough that fall short of federal air quality standards, more flexible measures to deal with air pollution hot spots and rules to allow local government to issue air quality alerts and take action.
But the proposals immediately encountered critics who say they are variously minimal, unlikely to be enforced or go too far.
Division director Alice Edwards says they are aimed at balancing the need to meet federal air standards with residents' need to heat their homes.