Proposed Fairbanks air rules draw foes, hecklers

Fairbanks residents who want to heat homes with wood were pitted against neighbors who want clean air at the first of two Department of Environmental Conservation hearings on proposed air quality regulations.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Fairbanks residents who want to heat homes with wood were pitted against neighbors who want clean air at the first of two Department of Environmental Conservation hearings on proposed air quality regulations.

More than 60 people attended the hearing Tuesday night.
The proposed regulations include standards for wood stove particulate emissions and a provision that could allow the state to curtail wood burning on high air pollution days.
Homes whose only source of heat is wood could continue burning during high pollution days.
Most who testified said burning wood instead of expensive heating oil was a basic right. They urged the DEC to withdraw the proposed regulations.
People supporting the regulations were heckled.