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LOCAL AIR QUALITY FORUM PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER 30

“The Fairbanks North Star Borough has an air quality problem and we need to focus on local, viable solutions to create a better place to live,” says Northern Center executive director Elisabeth Dabney. “Our children and elderly population are adversely affected by the amount of PM2.5 in our winter air. There are local solutions for this problem and the forum provides an opportunity for the community to express what those are.”

September 29, 2015

Fairbanks, AK--The Northern Alaska Environmental Center and Citizens for Clean Air will host a public forum to discuss the health and economic consequences of poor air quality and the importance of lowering pollutant levels.

The forum will be held at 6:30 PM Wednesday, September 30 at Raven Landing Center in Fairbanks. Discussion will focus primarily on PM2.5, small particulates known to have lasting health effects on those of all ages. During winters in Interior Alaska, solid-fuel burning stoves are the main contributor to the high levels of this pollutant, but car and factory emissions also add to the problem.

“The Fairbanks North Star Borough has an air quality problem and we need to focus on local, viable solutions to create a better place to live,” says Northern Center executive director Elisabeth Dabney. “Our children and elderly population are adversely affected by the amount of PM2.5 in our winter air. There are local solutions for this problem and the forum provides an opportunity for the community to express what those are.”

Air pollution causes millions of cases of premature death globally. Numerous studies have linked poor air quality to premature births, lower IQ, smaller lung size, increased instances of asthma, and early onset dementia. Says local health expert Dr. Owen Hanley, “More deaths are attributable to air pollution than to drunken driving. We take measures to prevent drunken driving; we should do the same with air pollution.” The local community has fought for years to improve air quality laws and set up regulations to limit pollution, especially during times of inversion, when a layer of cool air trap pollutants near the ground. These measures include burn bans and the Stove Change Out program to provide EPA-certified wood burning stoves to local residents. Forum panelists will include local experts and health professionals.  

 

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