Pollution from smoke best fought locally

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation held a town hall to discuss smoke pollution in Alaska's interior.

    The groups said the battle against smoke pollution is best fought at the local level.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said the EPA regulations would be too harsh and the state agency would not have the staff to monitor community smoke pollution.

    Residents who attended the town hall spoke out in favor and against the air-quality programs.  Many people criticized local air-quality rules, calling the programs government overreach.

    Others said the borough is doing too little to address a serious public-health problem.  The borough has until the end of next year to reduce a harmful particulate and byproduct of emissions in the atmosphere, PM 2.5.  This includes wood smoke that remains stagnant when winds are calm.

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