Please attend the Air Pollution Control Commission public meeting on the newly released draft Air Quality Ordinance, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in the Borough Assembly Chambers at 6:30 PM. Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting on “items not on the agenda” (3 min limit). Borough Attorney Rene Broker will answer questions on the draft ordinance. Later in the meeting, public comments (3 min limit) will be heard on Mayor Luke Hopkin’s “proposed Code Amendments as a result of Proposition A and to address some changes to the definition and exclusion of pellet burning hydronic heaters or furnaces.” The APCC will vote on amendment recommendations to forward to Mayor Hopkins for later consideration by the Assembly. The FNSB Assembly has legislative authority to approve, disapprove, or amend this draft ordinance and any other recommendations. Majority approval of the Assembly is required for any new ordinance to be accepted.
Read Tips for Testifiers for suggestions on what to say in your public testimony.
Clean Air Fairbanks found significant problems with the proposed code amendments. Not surprised, are you?! The draft sweeps out nearly all local air quality safeguards, not just for home heating but for all heating uses including businesses. Gone are the 50% opacity rule and 20% moisture or less standard for firewood. Two significant components of the old ordinance are retained: the prohibition against new installation of non-qualifying units and the Borough’s stove change-out program. Will these two sections be enough to protect public health and property values, reverse the ongoing deterioration of our air quality, and keep us from going straight to EPA sanction city? I wouldn’t bet on it. Especially if you live in the “Rectangle of Death” or another smoke-impacted area, you need to come and help the APCC see we need stronger air quality regulations, not weaker. While you don’t live to breathe, you and your children need to breathe to live.
Because you want to know the dirt on the proposed air quality code amendments introduced by Mayor Luke Hopkins, you’ll want to read about the draft’s Significant Problems and our Sectional Analysis in a separate post. Send feedback to email@example.com. Also review: the Mayor’s proposed code amendments (proposed 12/9/2010) to the current Air Quality Ordinance 2010-28 (approved 6/10/2010).
If you are unable to attend or want to submit comments in advance, send written comments to the Commission:
Charles Machetta – Chair – Vehicle Emission Technician firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Pollen – Vice Chair – At Large email@example.com
Lawrence K. Duffy – At Large firstname.lastname@example.org
L. Michael Thomas – At Large email@example.com
Nathan Sapp – Solid Fuel Burning Device Expert firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Frances Cahill – Environmental Scientist email@example.com
Deborah Rinio – At Large firstname.lastname@example.org
Also share your comments with the APCC staff:
Glenn Miller – FNSB Transportation Director email@example.com 459-1007
Dr Jim Conner FNSB Air Quality Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 459-1325
Todd Thompson – FNSB Air Quality Program email@example.com 459-1312
Please CC your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 6:30 PM
Borough Assembly Chambers
809 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701
1. Call Meeting to Order
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Citizens Comments on items not on the agenda
5. New Business
- Discussion of proposed Code Amendments as a result of Proposition A and to address some changes to the definition and exclusion of pellet burning hydronic heaters or furnaces.
- Public Comment
- Code amendment Recommendations or Resolution to the Mayor
6. Commissioner Comments
Air Pollution Control Commission
Established by ordinance under Chapter 2.48 to develop comprehensive plans for the prevention, abatement, and control of air pollution in the borough. The commission consists of seven voting members and is up for reauthorization every six years, by ordinance. This commission was reauthorized in 2006.