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Worsening air quality has led to a rising number of air quality complaints in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Nearly 500 have been recorded since 2008. Each year air quality complaints have increased.
Each complaint is a cry for help. Taken as a whole, the numbers represent a community stricken by an epidemic of smoke.
Many of the complainants specify highly polluting appliances as the air pollution source: outdoor coal or wood-fired hydronic heaters. Fully 200 of the total complaints identify one of these highly polluting appliances. They could be called “high complaint generating appliances.”
Recently available data (July 1, 2010 to April 20, 2011) from complaints citing outdoor coal or wood-fired hydronic heaters were more than double the year with the highest number of complaints about wood-fired hydronic heaters in the entire state of Maine.*
Complaints are grouped on a July 1 to June 30 year to assess the trends by winter season.
Make no mistake about it, common sense tells us we’re living in a smoke epidemic. You can do something about it: sign the petition
and vote for it Oct. 4, 2011. Review previous post: Citizen’s Initiative for Healthy Air Certified by Boro Clerk.