Summer wildfire smoke is less of a problem than the worsening trend of winter smoke pollution. Winter air inversions cannot excuse delays that have led to permanently damaged hearts and lungs. Recent DEC intervention at Woodriver Elementary worked and serve as an example for future action.
FNSB graph is from 1 in 3 day FRM monitor in downtown Fairbanks, the only one EPA considers [State Building, 675 7th Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701] Monitors in other areas of Fairbanks and North Pole show more frequent exceedances and higher PM 2.5 pollution concentrations.
In a subsequent post, we’ll share recent data analysis on the sources of the winter smoke using Chemical Mass Balance.
>> Link: Data Source, pg 12 North Pole Air Quality Presentation 11/29/12
>> Link: Compare: 1999-2009 Daily Average PM 2.5 Concentrations State Office Building Graph