Fairbanks voters to decide on air-pollution measure
Fairbanks, Alaska: On August 20, 2009, Fairbanks Borough Assembly approved of a ballot measure that will allow voters to decide if air pollution-prevention programs should be run by the state or by the borough itself. The public vote is set for October 6, 2009 ballot.
According state officials at the air-quality office stated that they would maintain and operate “fine-particle air pollution” in the borough if local officials do not do so.
Mayor Jim Whitaker has suggested ideas that would involve tax breaks, fines or other similar procedures if public voters decide that the borough should regulate the air pollution problems. Air quality specialists claim that wood-burning methods to heat homes is the main cause of the air pollution in the area.