My son Alex can’t live without clean air. After enduring six surgeries, Alex’s heart is extremely sensitive to fine particle air pollution. As a mom, I've struggled to give Alex and every vulnerable individual—old, young, athlete, asthmatic, to name a few--the clean air we all so desperately need. Thanks to leadership from members of the Assembly, our community now has a chance to stop air pollution from a few hundred, highly polluting sources. Please help Alex and thousands of vulnerable residents by signing the letter for Ordinance 2016-21 to ban unlisted hydronic heaters in the Fairbanks and North Pole Air Quality Zone.
The air we breathe in the Fairbanks North Star Borough is dangerous. According to the EPA, we're exposed to the nation's highest 24-hour concentrations of small particle air pollution. Studies of communities exposed to lower levels of PM2.5 have found life threatening harm in the form of heart and lung disease, brain changes including lowered IQ and memory loss, developmental delays in children from prenatal exposure, cancer, immune system damage, and sudden death from stroke. Much of the local air pollution is from several hundred highly polluting hydronic heaters (also called “boilers”) that can burn large amounts of wood, coal, and even garbage.
In response to public alarm, Assembly members Matt Cooper and Van Lawrence sponsored Ordinance 2016-21 to ban all unlisted outdoor/indoor hydronic heaters in the Air Quality Zone in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. I agree with the sponsors: If we don’t get rid of unlisted hydronic heaters, Fairbanks will never solve its air pollution problem.
Please sign on to the following letter to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and Mayor Karl Kassel. I'll be in touch about testifying at the April 14, 2016 public hearing.
For my family and yours, thank you.
Proposed ordinance, public hearing April 14, 2016: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/assembly/OrdinanceResolutions/2016-21.pdf
Current FNSB code: http://www.codepublishing.com/AK/FairbanksNorthStarBorough/?FairbanksNSB08/FairbanksNSB0821.html
FDNM 3/22/2016: http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/borough-ordinance-would-ban-uncertified-hydronic-heaters/article_3d8439a4-eff7-11e5-845a-4bb4092717f2.html
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