Wednesday, January 4, 2017

EPA To Alaskans - Stop Burning Firewood


January in Fairbanks Alaska is cold.  Very Cold.  Many Alaska residents burn wood to stay warm in the winter, but burning firewood may soon result in a fine imposed by the North Star Borough, which is home to Fairbanks & North Pole and it's approximately 100,000 residents.

According to this article in the New York Times the EPA could declare this entire area to be in "serious" noncompliance of the Clean Air Act.

In another article published by the FEDERALIST, they say that the EPA thinks this is a big problem and that eight years ago, the EPA ruled that large areas of the most densely populated parts of the region were in “non-attainment” of federal air quality standards.  This ruling prompted state and local authorities to look for ways to cut pollution from wood-burning stoves, including the possibility of fining residents who burn wood. After all, a declaration of noncompliance from the EPA would have enormous economic implications for the region, like the loss of federal transportation funding.

Click on the links above to read more on the EPA and it's stance on firewood and wood burning stoves.

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