Please attend the FNSB Assembly meeting Thursday, Feb 24 at 6 pm to speak for the Air Quality Zones ordinance during Citizen’s Comments. Assemblymembers Diane Hutchison, Nadine Winters, and Joseph Blanchard II introduced the new ordinance to protect “Air Quality Zones” from air pollution.
Citizen’s Comments (on items not for public hearing) start soon after 6 pm. The meeting will be in Borough Chambers, 809 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks.
Points to Make to the Assembly: Keep it to 3 minutes. Use your own words. Only you can tell the story about how air pollution is affecting your life and family. Open and close with your conclusions. Please thank the Assembly for their continued efforts to protect children, public health, and the economy of our community from air pollution.
Ask the Assembly to approve the Air Quality Zones ordinance (2011-12) and support its enforcement because:
- Children and our pioneers are among the most vulnerable to air pollution;
- We are unable to count on the State government to protect our most vulnerable residents from air pollution and cannot expect them to protect themselves;
- The costs of air pollution (including medical care, filtration systems, damaged lives, and lost business opportunities) far outweigh any savings from burning prohibited fuels;
- As residents and property taxpayers, we should not continue to subsidize air pollution or allow it to degrade our community;
- If an individual chooses to burn prohibited fuels, it is right to give them a warning and then a fine sufficient to cover the cost of that enforcement. Anyone who does not burn prohibited fuels will never be fined under this ordinance; and
- If our community is to have a future as a place to raise families, our children must be safe from air pollution.
Request the ordinance be amended to remove the exception for coal. If any fuel is not approved by the device’s manufacturer, we need our Borough to protect our most vulnerable residents from air pollution caused by that misuse.
Written comments: 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.
1) Adds phrase: “No person shall burn in the nonattainment area or in an Air Quality Zone any of the following items in a solid fuel burning appliance or pellet stove.” [Then lists prohibited fuels as currently prohibited under 8.21.020 C.]
2) Adds subsection: “Material not intended for use by the manufacturers of the appliance or stove, except that coal produced in the Interior/Healy area may be used in a coal stove even if it is not recommended for use by the manufacturer of the stove.” [Allows use of a fuel in a device, contrary to the manufacturer’s recommendation; see amendment request above.]
3) Adds subsection: “Any person burning a prohibited fuel listed in this section shall be subject to increased fine(s) as listed in the FNSB Fine schedule if the burning occurs in an Air Quality Zone or in an Air Quality Zone located in the nonattainment area during an Air Quality Alert.”
4) Amends fine schedule: Fines are increased from $30 to $60 for use of prohibited fuels in an Air Quality Zone. A new fine is added: $100/day (up to a maximum of $1,000 per alert) for use of prohibited fuels in an Air Quality Zone during an Air Quality Alert.
“Air Quality Zones” are defined to mean the area encompassed within a half mile buffer of the property lines of schools, state licensed daycare facilities, state licensed assisted living facilities and medical facilities. “School” means any property used exclusively for non-profit educational purposes such that it qualifies for a mandatory exemption from municipal taxation.
Schedule: The FNSB Assembly will hear Citizen’s Comments Thursday, February 24, 2011. The Air Quality Zones ordinance is on the consent agenda (not for public hearing). The Air Quality Zones ordinance is referred to the Committee of the Whole March 17 and may be referred to the Air Pollution Control Commission. Public testimony will be taken and the Assembly may vote March 24 or in April. As written, the ordinance would take effect the “day following its adoption.”
This is your chance to support clean air in our community especially where it is needed by our most vulnerable residents including our children. Speak out for clean air!