Two public meetings regarding air quality will be held Tuesday, November 9.
Public Safety Commission: 11:30 am – 1 pm City Council Chambers, 800 Cushman. Among other agenda items the commission plans to discuss “City (of Fairbanks) Air Pollution.” For more information or to be included on the agenda, please contact: Lisa Howard, Admin Assistant, 450-6600, email@example.com.
Background The City of Fairbanks has Chapter 34 Article IV on Pollution Control: http://library.municode.com/HTML/12896/level3/PII_C34_AIV.html
and Chapter 34 Article VI on Hydronic Heaters: http://library.municode.com/HTML/12896/level3/PII_C34_AVI.html. Fuel for outdoor hydronic heaters is restricted to: “wood, coal or other solid fuels that the manufacturer specifies.” The prohibition on Hydronic Heaters was approved by all council members except Mr. Cleworth, who is now mayor: http://www.ci.fairbanks.ak.us/documents/council/ordinances/2009/09-5775.pdf In 2009, the city estimated about 20 hydronic heater devices had recently been installed at residences and commercial premises within the City.
If you are unable to attend, send a message to the City Council to support the existing prohibition on new hydronic heaters and also support removal of existing hydronic heaters within the City of Fairbanks, email: City of Fairbanks Council members. Explain why you support this proposal to protect children in schools and neighborhoods from excessive smoke from coal and wood burning devices.
From the public notice in the FDNM, 11/7/2010: “Various North Star Borough Assembly members may be in attendance at a meeting being held in the LIO office concerning Air Quality and PM 2.5 issues from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. For information about this meeting, please contact Mary Keelean, Senator Joe Thomas’ office, 456-8161.” Legislative Information Office: 1292 Sadler Way # 308 Fairbanks, AK 99701, 452-4448. Expect members of the Interior Legislative Delegation to attend.
If you are unable to attend, send a message to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the FNSB’s Assembly page. Ask your assembly members to protect children in schools and neighborhoods from excessive smoke from coal and wood burning devices.
Also, also please send messages to the Interior Delegation. Ask them to protect children in schools and neighborhoods from excessive smoke from coal and wood burning devices: Senator_Joe_Thomas@legis.state.ak.us, Senator_John_Coghill@legis.state.ak.us, Senator_Joe_Paskvan@legis.state.ak.us, Representative_Scott_Kawasaki@legis.state.ak.us, Representative_David_Guttenberg@legis.state.ak.us, Representative_Tammie_Wilson@legis.state.ak.us, Representative_Steve_Thompson@legis.state.ak.us, Representative_Bob_Miller@legis.state.ak.us
Public comments may be more welcomed at the Public Safety Commission than at the LIO meeting; Clean Air Fairbanks will attend both to find out.