FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough has been reclassified as a serious non-attainment area for fine particulate air pollution by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The rating was previously listed as moderate.
The change means more restrictions will be in order for the borough to meet the federal air quality standards. What those restrictions might be are yet to be determined.
A plan will be submitted to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly for its consideration. The State of Alaska will be required to submit a serious air quality plan for Fairbanks by December 31, 2017.
"It will have a variety of control measures and mitigation measures for it in air quality that the air pollution control commission have been considering for quite some time now," said Glenn Miller of the FNSB Air Quality Division. "The things that will be coming forward are probably the ones that will be the most productive and the most palatable for Fairbanks, even though they're probably some of these things that aren't going to be real popular here in Fairbanks," he said.