UPDATE: this initiative was approved by voters Oct 2, 2012. [Link: Election History 2011-2012]
A new voter initiative sidelines the Borough from any role in restricting air pollution from heating appliances if approved October 2. The Borough would be unable to stop those who burn “any type” of noxious or toxic materials for heating or smoke-out schools and neighbors. EPA’s deadline for meeting PM 2.5 attainment is December 2014. The initiative sticks the oh-so reluctant Alaska DEC with the job of reducing winter smoke pollution. To date, DEC has taken no action to stop air polluters harming public health in the community. Quite honestly, neither has the Borough.
2012 Initiative Language:
The borough shall not, in any way, regulate, prohibit, curtail, nor issue fines or fees associated with, the sale, distribution, or operation of heating appliances or any type of combustible fuel.
“Heating Appliances” is defined as, but not limited to: oil furnaces, gas furnaces, wood stoves, coal stoves, wood-fired hydronic heaters, wood-fired furnaces, coal-fired hydronic heaters, coal-fired furnaces, masonry heaters, pellet stoves, cook stoves, and fireplaces.
- KUAC Morning Newscast Aug 3, 2012 00:27-03:45
- Voters to decide if Fairbanks borough can regulate air quality FDNM, Aug 1, 2012
- Far-reaching home heating initiative certified for October ballot FDNM, July 31, 2012
- Ballot Summary and Full Text: http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/elections/RegularAndServiceAreaElections/RegularElections/2012/PROP%203%20The%20Home%20Heating%20Initiative%20Ordinance%20&%20Summary.pdf
- Sample Ballot http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/elections/ElectionResultsandInformation/Regular/2012/FBNSB%202012%20samples.pdf