Attend the Assembly meeting Thursday, March 24 to speak for the Air Quality Zones ordinance during the Public Hearing.
Assemblymembers Diane Hutchison, Nadine Winters, and Joseph Blanchard II introduced the ordinance to protect vulnerable residents attending schools and daycare, medical, and assisted-living facilities from air pollution. The meeting begins at 6 pm and public testimony on the proposed ordinance will be taken sometime after 7 pm.
The Assembly meets in the Borough Chambers, 809 Pioneer Road, Fairbanks. Bring a friend.
On March 15, the Air Pollution Control Commission considered public testimony on the Air Quality Zones ordinance and referred it back to the Assembly 4 to 0 with no changes.
Your Testimony: 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 request. Thank the Assembly for their continued efforts to protect children, public health, and the economy of our community from air pollution. Please keep it civil.
Ask the Assembly to:
1) Remove the exception for coal. If any material, including Interior/Healy coal, is not recommended by the manufacturer for use in a heating device, that use constitutes misuse and clearly belongs on the prohibited list.
2) Support the Air Quality Zones ordinance (2011-12), and
3) Seek funding for enforcement because . . .
- Children and our pioneers are among the most vulnerable to air pollution and cannot be expected to protect themselves;
- State DEC and education on how to burn properly have failed to protect our most vulnerable residents from air pollution. State inspectors have never found an air quality violation on smoke from local coal or wood burning;
- Borough enforcement of Air Quality Zones is needed to protect children and our pioneers;
- If an individual chooses to burn prohibited fuels: warn them once then give them a fine. Anyone who does not burn prohibited fuels will never be fined under this ordinance;
- Any savings from burning prohibited fuels are far outweighed by the costs of air pollution (medical care, filtration systems, damaged lives, lost business opportunities, etc.);
- Fines should cover the cost of enforcement. Residents and property taxpayers should not subsidize air pollution or allow it to degrade our community;
- If our community is to have a future as a place for families, our children must be safe from air pollution.
Links: proposed Air Quality Zones ordinance (2011-12), current ordinance 8.21 PM 2.5 Air Quality Control Program, current 1.04.050 Fine Schedule, March 24, 2011 Assembly meeting agenda, and March 24, 2011 Assembly meeting full agenda packet, pages 77-83 [11.2MB]. Comments submitted by Clean Air Fairbanks to the Assembly on 2011-12. [100KB]
Whether or not you plan to attend, please email comments to . . .
Joseph Blanchard – Presiding Officer – Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tim Beck – Assembly <email@example.com>
Michael Dukes – Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Natalie Howard – Assembly <email@example.com>
Diane Hutchison – Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Karl Kassel – Assembly <email@example.com>
Mike Musick – Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Matt Want – Assembly <email@example.com>
Nadine Winters – Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please CC your comments to the Mayor and Air Quality Control Program staff:
Mayor Luke Hopkins <email@example.com>
Glenn Miller – FNSB Transportation Director <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. Jim Conner – FNSB Air Quality Specialist <email@example.com>
Todd Thompson – FNSB Air Quality Program<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Also, please share your comments with <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.” [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. Increases fines from $30 to $60 for use of prohibited fuels in an Air Quality Zone. Adds a new fine: $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. [amends Chapter 1.04.050 Fine Schedule]
“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. “Medical Facility” means an institution, building, office, or home providing medical services, and includes a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, birthing center, skilled nursing facility, outpatient surgical clinic, intermediate care facility, rehabilitation facility, home health agency, and a facility providing hospice care.
Where does 2011-12 go from here? This is it! As written, the ordinance would take effect the “day following its adoption.”
Support clean air in our community, especially where it is needed by our most vulnerable residents including children and our pioneers. Speak out for clean air!