Clean Air Fairbanks submitted a package of three recommended amendments and a resolution to the Assembly for consideration, as well as options to consider during discussions. You may read and download the package [includes updates] here: as a Word DOC [145KB] or as a PDF [245KB].
These amendments may be considered during an Assembly work session to be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 sometime after 5 pm in the Borough building, 809 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks. Work sessions are public, but testimony is not taken.
On January 27, 2011, the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be considering and very possibly voting on the gutted Air Quality Ordinance, 2011-03, draft version 1/13/2011. Mayor Luke Hopkins Mayor proposed changes to the current local Air Quality Ordinance 2010-28 to accomodate Proposition A: the Home Heating Protection Act. Prop A, approved by voters in Oct. 2010, is being used to justify these weakening changes to current ordinance.
In the recommended amendment package, Clean Air Fairbanks offers a fresh read of Prop A based on what it actually says. With that fresh read, Clean Air Fairbanks found a way forward to call on the Assembly to prohibit and define “improper or injurious misuse” of a heating appliance, add to the list of items that should never be burned in a heating appliance, and to incorporate the Mayor’s minor adjustments to the term “pellet stove” and deletion of the word “used.” Clean Air Fairbanks identified the Assembly’s authority to establish and enforce air pollution control and requested that the Assembly pursue effective control of PM 2.5 pollution.
Public support for the recommended amendment package is essential. Residents affected by the highest smoke levels in the nation need to join efforts to call on the Assembly to cut the smoke. See earlier post: “Few show up…” Let’s Not Let This Happen Again!