The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner summarizes the upcoming Proposition 2, the Healthy Air Protection Act, Fairbanks ballot measure will tighten home-heating rules, increase fines 7/24/2011.
Online commenters weighed in with vigor, including one resident resigned to giving up “a bunch of years” for living here:
….I have breathing issues, and congestive heart failure, yet, I burn wood, and I know that people just do not live as long here in the north country as they do in other places on earth. That is something we give up to live here…a bunch of years. Accidents, substance abuse, the stinging cold, all contribute to us living much fewer years here than our relatives down south. I have resigned myself to that….
—Yukonjohn, July 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Myth Buster: Responsible woodstove users aren’t the ones making the harmful smoke.
The News-Miner article attempted to summarize the Healthy Air Protection Act without using it’s name or using the word “opacity“. The article left out Prop 2’s explicit protection of proper use: “The borough shall not fine residents for proper use of solid fuel burning appliances.” The article also overlooked Prop 2’s borough-wide tax credits for air quality improvements.