Fairbanks pollution initiative to appear on ballot


by Your Alaska Link News Team

Enough signatures have been gathered for a ballot initiative seeking to renew a law preventing the Fairbanks North Star Borough from regulating air pollution.

The "Home Heating Protection Initiative" will appear on the October municipal ballot.

Reports say it's the third in a series of initiatives that have barred the borough from imposing regulations on home heating devices since 2010.

The borough cannot alter any voter-approved ballot initiatives for two years. The last initiative passed in 2012.

The efforts have been largely spearheaded by state Rep. Tammie Wilson, a North Pole Republican, and borough Assembly member Michael Dukes.

Wilson says the state should shoulder the responsibility of cleaning up the borough's air through regulation.

Opponents say local control can be more flexible and responsive.