The Following letter was sent by Clean Air Fairbanks to Governor Sean Parnell. Please send your own, see post: Cut Smoke, Not Smoke Relief: Don’t Let Governor Veto Stove Change-out Funds.
June 1, 2011
Governor Sean Parnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
675 7th Avenue, Suite H5
Fairbanks, AK 99701-4596
Dear Governor Parnell:
This is a request for your support for the Fairbanks North Star Borough stove change-out program. House CS for CS for Senate Bill No. 46 (FIN), page 31 includes $3,000,000 for “Fairbanks North Star Borough – Wood Stove Conversion Program.” This program was the headline article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner May 26, 2011: Commission recommends more funding for Fairbanks’ wood stove program.
According to another article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner May 26, 2011, Parnell’s budget plans may mean $400 million in vetoes, you are seeking to make cuts to the Capital Budget. The article cited a number of factors you intend to use in evaluating projects. The first of these factors were projects that address “life and safety concerns.”
Protecting life and safety must be a state priority. The stove change-out program is needed to help reduce winter fine particulate (PM 2.5) air pollution which has worsened in our community since 2007. This program is running out of money. Current applications are on hold due to limited funds. The addition of $3,000,000 would allow these and new applications to be approved and the highly polluting stoves removed.
Residents have documented the connection between air pollution and concerns for life and safety. Please consider the attached 230 reports of life and safety impacts from PM 2.5 pollution logged by Fairbanks North Star Borough. There can be no doubt that the high concentrations of PM 2.5 pollution in our community constitute a life and safety concern to residents.
Use every available tool to reduce PM 2.5 pollution to safe levels as rapidly as possible. Please do not veto these critically needed funds.
Clean Air Fairbanks
Representative Bob Miller <Representative_Bob_Miller@legis.state.ak.us>
Representative David Guttenberg <Representative_David_Guttenberg@legis.state.ak.us>
Representative Scott Kawasaki <Representative_Scott_Kawasaki@legis.state.ak.us>
Representative Steve Thompson <Representative_Steve_Thompson@legis.state.ak.us>
Representative Tammie Wilson <Representative_Tammie_Wilson@legis.state.ak.us>
Senator Joe Thomas <Senator_Joe_Thomas@legis.state.ak.us>
Senator Joe Paskvan <Senator_Joe_Paskvan@legis.state.ak.us>
Senator John Coghill <Senator_John_Coghill@legis.state.ak.us>
Fairbanks North Star Assembly <email@example.com>
Mayor Luke Hopkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
230 Reports of Life and Safety Impacts from PM 2.5 Pollution PDF [478KB], May 2008 to May 2011