Governor Sean Parnell did not veto any part of the $3 million in the Borough stove change-out funding included in the Capital Budget bill.
Thank you loyal readers for writing and calling the Governor and your legislators to request these funds. Thank you also to the bipartisan support from every member of the Interior Delegation who carried the funding through the process, surviving challenges along the way and keeping us notified so we could enlist public support at every step.
Hats off the the Borough Mayor Luke Hawkins, the Air Quality Program staff, and the Assembly who initiatied the change-out program last summer which has already served hundreds of residents. Thanks also to borough residents who responded to the need to improve air quality and removed highly polluting appliances or upgraded to more efficient and cleaner burning stoves.
Clean Air Fairbanks urges the Borough administration to move quickly to assess existing applications and invite new applicants into the program. For our health and economy, we need to make maximum improvements to our air quality this coming winter. This upcoming legislative session beginning in January, we’d like to see another capital budget request for additional stove change-out funding as the need is so great.