by The Associated Press
Friday, January 15, 2010
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly unanimously approved an agreement with the state that designates the borough as the lead agency in the effort to clear the polluted winter sky.
Smoke from inefficient wood stoves is believed to be the No. 1 contributor to the problem that has put Fairbanks on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of communities violating fine particle pollution standards.
Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner he will introduce an air quality plan in the coming months. He provided few hints about what the plan will contain, but said it will have an education component.