Meeting set to talk air quality


 The Fairbanks North Star Borough is holding a public meeting to discuss air quality problems.
The meeting starts at 6:pm November 29th at the Hotel North Pole.
Air Quality staff will talk with residents about the current air pollution problem, how it is affecting their neighborhood and their health, and what they can do to help.  
The Borough's Air Quality Division will be holding a series of meetings in areas that have especially poor air quality. 
FNSB Mayor Luke Hopkins said,  “This is an important opportunity for the public to hear, first hand, what the Borough is doing, and what residents can do to make our air as healthy as possible.”
He acknowledged the fact that the Borough has been under a cold snap and more people are burning wood and using more resources to stay warm.  
The borough’s Air Quality division has issued several advisories in the past few weeks for the North Pole area.
The health concern is known as PM 2.5, particulate pollution.
When air quality is rated as ‘very unhealthy’ people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity. Everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion outside. 
For more information about the public meetings please contact Dr. Jim Conner at the FNSB Air 
Quality office at 907-451-1005.