Air quality representatives present new recommendations for clean air

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Representatives from the Air Quality Stakeholders group presented a list of 56 recommendations at Thursday night's borough assembly meeting for how the state and borough may be able to get the Fairbanks area to reach attainment with the Clean Air Act.

The stakeholders group was made up of community members from different sections of the community and 93 percent of them agreed on these recommendations which range from increased penalties for burning wet wood to creating incentives for fuel-oil boiler upgrades. Recommendations regarding enforcement will go to the state which is taking over enforcement from the borough as voters demanded.

However, a number of the stakeholder group's suggestions also focused on educating the public on the dangers and economic impacts of air pollution which the borough is still able to do.