Air pollution prevention efforts
A controversial plan to curb smoke pollution passed the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly in June after more than a year of debate, but four months later voters approved a ballot measure castrating the proposal.
The ballot proposition state the borough may not regulate how people heat their homes. It won overwhelming voter approval at the municipal election.
The borough is now poised to strip its pollution-control plan of limits on chimney smoke, prompting the state to consider taking its own measures to reduce air pollution.
The federal government has put Fairbanks on notice to cut air pollution by 2014.