Subject: Caustic Coal and Wood Smoke Pollution in Moose Creek
To: Todd Thompson FNSB air quality complaints <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dr Jim Conner FNSB air quality program <email@example.com>, Glenn Miller FNSB Transp Director <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mayor Luke Hopkins <email@example.com>, FNSB Assembly <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Krishna Viswanathan EPA Region 10 <Viswanathan.Krishna@epa.gov>, DEC air quality complaint <email@example.com>
Cc: Alice Edwards DEC Air Program <firstname.lastname@example.org>, DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig <email@example.com>, <Representative_Tammie_Wilson@legis.state.ak.us>, <Senator_John_Coghill@legis.state.ak.us>, <Senator_Joe_Thomas@legis.state.ak.us>, <Representative_Scott_Kawasaki@legis.state.ak.us>, <Representative_Bob_Miller@legis.state.ak.us>, <Representative_David_Guttenberg@legis.state.ak.us>, <Representative_Steve_Thompson@legis.state.ak.us>
Dear Government Officials:
This is a complaint for the air quality in a residential area in Moose Creek off of XXXXXXX Road for Friday April 22 through this afternoon, Sunday April 24. The air on Friday evening left me gasping to catch my breath just walking from my driveway to my home. I have 6 HEPA filters running in my one room 475 square foot cabin, and it is not enough to keep the coal and wood smoke out of my house. There is an apartment complex with a commercial outdoor coal heating unit directly to the south of my house, and when the wind blows in my direction the coal smoke settles into my yard and gets into my house.
There is an outdoor wood boiler directly to the north of my house, and when the wind blows to the south the smoke settles in my yard and gets into my house. My rights to use and enjoy my property without hazard to my own health are being violated daily by this pollution. Additionally, the air pollution in Moose Creek is hazardous to those people who have to use the public roads in this area because they are being exposed to dangerous pm2.5, coal smoke, and wood smoke pollution in Moose Creek.
Are there no restrictions on what types of pollution people and businesses can emit into the air in Alaska? Are there any laws or regulations that protect people from having hazardous air pollution forced on them on their own property or when they are using public roads?
Moose Creek is currently outside the pm2.5 non-attainment area because the FNSB and the State of Alaska negotiated with the EPA to exclude Moose Creek from the non-attainment area. This was a mistake and should be corrected.
I have not received any response to my previous email regarding the air pollution problems in Moose Creek. Please provide me with the names of the agency and contact person who can be responsible for addressing the air pollution in Moose Creek. Something needs to be done to stop the air pollution in Moose Creek, which is a residential area in the North Star Borough. Is the air pollution problem in Moose Creek being monitored or is this problem considered not to be important because Moose Creek was excluded from the pm2.5 non-attainment area?
Any assistance regarding this ongoing problem will be greatly appreciated.