The Borough “invites the community to these public meetings to discuss how everyone can be a part of the solution to our neighborhood air quality problems. Join your neighbors … to find out what you can do to help.”
Tuesday, Dec 11 at 6PM – The Watershed School, 4975 Decathlon Ave, Fairbanks
Wednesday, Dec 12 at 6 PM – Nordale Elementary, 397 Hamilton Ave, Fairbanks
An earlier public meeting on Nov 29 in North Pole was attended by 20 residents. At the North Pole presentation, the Borough asked residents to make less smoke: North Pole Air Quality Presentation 11/29/12.
The Borough is limited to asking for voluntary compliance because they cannot enforce restrictions on harmful emissions due to voter approval of Proposition 3 on October 2, 2012: Sample Ballot with Prop 3.
Will voluntary compliance work? How many open houses will it take? Will more pleas and explanations of the harm make the air fit to breathe? Each of these meetings is being held in a pollution pit. [See the maps in the North Pole Presentation, above.] Many can’t risk exposure by attending.
The FDNM editorial board got it right and are finally calling for the state to take “aggressive action” on the “foulest polluters” Bad month: November highlighted need for action on air 12/2/2012.
Insist the state take enforcement action now:
Contact Governor Sean Parnell <firstname.lastname@example.org> (907)465-3500
Sources tell us the Governor has taken over DEC’s enforcement authority, so all air pollution concerns need to be directed to him.
Then, if the air isn’t too bad, attend an open house to sign up to receive air pollution updates and volunteer not to burn wood or coal on those days.