Whether or not you plan to attend, please email comments to all nine Assembly members at email@example.com and Mayor Luke Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org. Please CC your comments to email@example.com. Also, submit your comments to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner as a letter to the editor.
Points to Make to the Assembly:
Thank them for their dedication to improving our community. Make these specific requests:
- The removal of wet wood is NOT REQUIRED BY PROP A. Keep wet wood on the prohibited fuels list.
- Keep our clean air safeguards: woodsmoke opacity and protection from dense trespassing smoke.
- Prohibit “improper or injurious misuse” of heating appliances and define the term to 1) include burning items on the prohibited fuels list, 2) violating a manufacturer’s recommendations, or 3) misuse that causes injury to public health or welfare.
- Strengthen the prohibited fuels list by adding 1) contaminated wood pallets, 2) any material not intended by a manufacturer for use as a fuel in a heating appliance, and 3) Any other materials that when combusted generate noxious, poisonous, or injurious fumes.
- Please read the Borough attorney’s legal opinion and share it with the public.
If you have time, emphasize one of these general comments:
- Not tackling the smoke problem will cost us countless local jobs and lower property values.
- Enforceable provisions in the clean air code empower residents to defend their health and property assets through the judicial system.
- If efforts fail to curtail excessive smoke caused by misuse, all use of wood for heat may be restricted to meet attainment.
- Our serious nonattainment status requires serious measures to protect our public health and economic security.