Air Quality: Wood-Stove Regulations Start June 9th

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Since the Environmental Protection Agency has changed Fairbanks' air quality from 'moderate' to 'serious', the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is putting two existing measures into effect to help improve the air quality.

Starting June 9th, a real estate regulation will require the removal or replacement of any non-compliant wood-stoves before the sale, lease, or transfer of any properties within the non-attainment area, unless they have been -PA certified, have a qualifying Phase 2 "White Tag", or meet current emissions standards.

Temporary waivers may be obtained on a case by case basis, and with consideration of factors in state regulation.

The second regulation, which may affect firewood sales, will require commercial wood sellers to register with the DEC if they are selling in the non-attainment area.

Once registered, they will have to measure and document the moisture content, and provide that information to buyers.

"The new regulation by the state actually isn't really new regulation. This went into effect, the regulations were adopted long ago however, those were kind of contingency regulations so in the event that E-P-A reclassified Fairbanks as ca serious nonattainment area, those regulations would then take effect."