Modeling issues contribute to delay of developing plan to clean up Fairbanks wintertime air


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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A state plan for cleaning up winter air in Fairbanks is due in December but has been held up as regulators struggle with modeling to determine if the plan will be effective.

Department of Environmental Conservation air quality manager Cindy Heil says modeling has taken longer than anticipated.

She tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( that the department wants to look at all factors mentioned during a public comment period.

The Fairbanks area in winter months is regularly out of compliance with federal air standards because of particulate. Much of it comes from wood stove smoke.

Public comment on proposed regulations closed nearly nine months ago.

The state faces possible federal sanctions such as a loss of highway funds if a cleanup plan is deemed inadequate.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

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