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Students push for Fairbanks clean air regulations

By Associated Press 9:08 AM January 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Conservation will accept written comments on the proposed regulations through Thursday.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – About 40 people including students from West Valley High School turned out to comment Tuesday on proposed state air quality regulations that could affect wood-burning stoves in Fairbanks and North Pole.

High school senior Tristan Glowa urged the Department of Environmental Conservation to strike a balance between homeowners’ rights to heat their homes and residents’ rights to clean air.

Glowa says Fairbanks youth believe that the right to a healthy environment takes precedence over other people’s right to pollute.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1jnM6Tq) reports proposed air quality regulations would limit emissions to fine particulate emissions to 2.5 grams per hour for wood stoves, pellet stoves and outdoor hydronic heaters.

The department will accept written comments on the proposed regulations through Thursday.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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