Poor Santa. He just can’t find clean air in either his hometown or Fairbanks these days. The Air Quality Index at the downtown monitor reads UNHEALTHY again today, Jan. 21, 2011. Santa’s especially dismayed to see the coal boiler near the corner of the Steese Highway and Farmers Loop on Farmers Loop Extension pouring it out again. He shared his story and his recent photos.
Here’s his note to Clean Air Fairbanks:
“Driving by Farmers Loop and the Steese Highway, the missus and I couldn’t help but notice the smoke coming from this outdoor boiler. It was thick, dark, bluish, stinging to our eyes and throats, and smelled of coal or garbage. I’m keeping a list, and this guy isn’t nice. This time we reported it DEC and the Borough. Perhaps if they don’t care that Santa’s plagued by this smoker, they’ll respond to your complaint. How can nothing be done to protect the Sourdough Farmers Loop Market employees and those who live nearby? All the people going by on the Steese breathe this coal smoke day after day and still nothing is done? If this smoke doesn’t this smoke meet the standards of “public nuisance” in state regulation 18 AAC 50.110 and borough code 8.21.020 G I’ll eat my red hat. Click on the photos to view a larger version for yourself.”