Update 5/1/14: Today, the American Lung Association released its annual update of its “State of the Air Report.” Fairbanks again received a grade of “F” for short-term particle pollution. Last year Fairbanks ranked as the 9th-dirtiest community for PM-2.5. This year, Fairbanks has moved up to 7th. That is moving in the wrong direction, obviously. Share your story on the impact of dirty air on your health with the American Lung Association. After, please email [email protected] to let her know that you shared your story on the impact of dirty air on your health.
Take Action: Comment on the EPA’s proposed new wood stove standards. Comments are due May 5th. Strong new standards will benefit Fairbanks and other communities where wood stoves are commonly used. Please comment and ask for stronger emission standards. Know that you have the detailed comments of the American Lung Association and the Environmental Defense Fund behind you – but your local story on the impact of dirty air on your health is needed too. Please submit your comment here. After, please email [email protected] to let her know that you took action for clean air in your community.
A coalition of Fairbanks residents and community groups took legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, citing failures to protect clean air and public health in Alaska by not enforcing critical components of the Clean Air Act. When air pollution levels exceed health-based standards, as they do in Fairbanks, the Clean Air Act obligates state officials to submit a plan detailing how they will address the problem. The law requires states to prepare their plans in three years or less, but the State of Alaska has yet to submit a plan more than four years after deadly air pollution levels were identified in Fairbanks. The EPA has a responsibility to compel states to develop and submit overdue plans, a responsibility the agency has neglected for Fairbanks.