#9 for short-term PM2.5 pollution.
#14 for annual average PM2.5 pollution
Fairbanks caught a break in being named #14 most air polluted in nation by The Weather Channel.
The Most-Polluted Cities in America Weather Channel 4/24/2013
No. 14 (tie): Fairbanks, Alaska. Population: 99,192
The Weather Channel’s source was the American Lung Association 2013 State of the Air report which lists Fairbanks:
#9 Short-Term Particle Pollution – F
#14 Year Round Particle Pollution – Fail
“If you live in Fairbanks North Star Borough, the air you breathe may put your health at risk.”
2009-2011 EPA data
In 2009, EPA designated Fairbanks nonattainment for failing to meet the federal standard for short-term (daily average) PM2.5 of 35 micrograms per cubic meter; however, EPA considers Fairbanks in attainment of the federal standard for year-round (annual) PM2.5 of 12 micrograms per cubic meter.