State Representative Tammie Wilson has long enjoyed the roll of queen bee, directing what should be done, or not done–mostly not done–about PM2.5 pollution. For years, she’s been hard at her strategy of obstruct and delay. Now, as evidenced by Alaska DEC’s long, more than 6-month public comment period to get a PM2.5 control plan, it’s clear the state embraces her strategy.
At what point will the price to human life and health outweigh what Rep. Wilson wants?
STATE DIDN’T ASK FOR MY PERMISSION:
“The state should have come to us in the first place to try to sort this out” she said from North Pole Friday. “… Now we’re going to do everything we can to fight this.” AK Dispatch 9/20/2013
STATE NEEDED MORE MEETINGS BEFORE RELEASING DRAFT REGULATIONS:
In her comments on the release, Rep. Wilson complained: “I’m extremely disappointed that it was not important to engage the public first and then come out with a draft form,” she said. “My understanding is that they’ll have meetings, but they’ll have it after they’ve drafted them.” FDNM 9/20/2013
STATE RESOLVED MOST SMOKE PROBLEMS, WILL EASILY MEET EPA ATTAINMENT DEADLINE:
‘She said she believes the state will have no problem meeting the EPA deadline to prove it can come into compliance. “The DEC has already been following up on air quality complaints the past two years, and most are now resolved, inactive, or being addressed this fall,” she said.” FDNM 2012
TRUST THE STATE TO CARE FOR YOUR AIR:
“A new layer of bureaucracy is unnecessary; the state has the mandate and the resources to address air quality.” FDNM 2012
“The state has the authority and the resources to prosecute people who are not utilizing their devices properly. ” FDNM 2011
STATE CONTROL BETTER THAN LOCAL (BOROUGH) CONTROL:
“Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, said this week the state’s January decision to cite a Fairbanks property owner shows that state government, not the borough, is best able to enforce air quality rules.” FDNM 2011
“Apparently, as we’ve said all along, the state is much better at enforcement than the Borough—which lacks police powers and financial resources to follow-up effectively on air quality complaints. It is the state’s responsibility to enforce state law.” FDNM 2011
‘Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, said she believes the borough would be better off with the state taking the lead on air quality enforcement in Fairbanks. “I don’t know how the state would make it any worse than what the borough currently is doing,” Wilson said.’ FDNM 2010
STATE HAS ALL THE AUTHORITY IT NEEDS, BUT COULD BE MORE AGGRESSIVE GOING AFTER POLLUTERS:
“Wilson and (Rick) VanderKolk said they believe the state already has the power it needs to deal with those who pollute neighborhoods. Perhaps the state has not been aggressive enough in going after violators, they suggest.” FDNM 2010
ANY CONTROL PLAN WOULD BE FUTILE; LET’S CONVINCE EPA TO GO EASY ON FAIRBANKS:
“She believes a pollution control effort would be futile. …(T)he borough should adopt a strategy of convincing the Environmental Protection Agency that its regulations don’t work in Fairbanks.” FDNM 2009
As long as Rep. Wilson is tolerated as dictator of delay, air that is safe and healthy to breathe will continue to be fouled. The health and economic future of Fairbanks and North Pole depend on clean air. Patience is not a virtue when children, and all the queen’s subjects, are in danger.