North Pole has first Stage 1 air quality alert of the winter

FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Residents in North Pole experienced their first burning curtailment due to poor air quality this week. From Monday, November 4th to Tuesday November 5th, there was a Stage 1 air quality alert.

The Alaska Department of Conservation is reminding residents that they are accepting applications for those who need a waiver to be able to burn wood during curtailment periods. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)

The Alaska Department of Conservation is reminding residents that they are accepting applications for those who need a waiver to be able to burn wood during curtailment periods.

There are two types of waivers: Stage 1 and no other adequate source of heat or NOASH waivers. Steven Hoke with the ADEC says Stage 1 waivers are for those who have clean burning devices that want to burn or supplement their heat.

Hoke says there are a few changes to the waiver applications this year.
"Included in our waiver packet is a rationale defining why you need the waiver -- that's for the NOASH. Both the NOASH and the stage 1 waiver include maintenance affidavits for the chimney and the catalyst," said Hoke.

Waiver applications can be found on DEC's website: control measure requirements page..

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